Originally planned for late 2020, the in-service date for the Permian Highway Pipeline has been pushed back to early 2021. The news came out of a third quarter earnings meeting from Kinder Morgan where they claimed slow regulatory approvals had pushed the project back.
The $2 billion 430 mile pipeline project has faced numerous legal battles since it was first announced. The challenges facing the project include lawsuits over endangered bird species along the project’s path as well as suits pertaining to the eminent domain rights of private companies. Despite the challenges Kinder Morgan has already begun construction on the western side of the project. They have acquired nearly 85 percent of the land needed to complete the pipelines construction.