Getting Utica shale gas to processing plants and people’s houses has created a growing web of pipelines across eastern Ohio.
Placed end to end, these pipelines, called “gathering lines,” would extend more than 470 miles — enough to cross the state at its widest point. Twice.
While construction was going on in 2012, Ohio legislators enacted a law that bars state utility officials from overseeing where the natural-gas pipelines can go.
Rich Sahli, a Columbus lawyer who has represented Ohio residents in pipeline cases, said the law ensured that the pipelines could be built without any government review of their environmental impact.