A Berks County company wants to build a $1 billion Marcellus gas pipeline through Carbon and Northampton counties. Construction could begin as soon as 2017 on the pipeline, which would begin in Luzerne County and end in Trenton, New Jersey.

The company has yet to decide the proposed line's exact route, said Patricia Kornick, spokeswoman for PennEast Pipeline Company, Wyomissing.

"At this point were working with landowners and other stakeholders. It is very much in the early and preliminary stages," she said.

According to a press release, the 100-mile long, 30 inch diameter pipeline would run through Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks counties, and would deliver up to one billion cubic feet of gas to customers in southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The company is now contacting landowners, submitting applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Next year, it plans to file a formal application to FERC. It expects a decision from FERC in 2016, and, pending approval, to start construction in 2017.

The proposed route: http://penneastpipeline.com/route.php