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Monday, August 4, 2014

New Pipelines Set to Involve More Ohio Counties in Shale Boom

From the Mansfield News Journal:
For the past few years now, counties across north central Ohio have been waiting to see how the energy boom in the Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays to our east would impact this region. 
Although the actual horizontal drilling, or fracking, has so far largely been limited to areas east of the Interstate 77 corridor, several pipelines slated to carry that natural gas to market are in the planning stages — and they will cross this area to get there. 
Energy Transfer's Rover pipeline will run from east to west across the middle of Ashland and Richland counties, then veer west-northwest through Crawford County. Meanwhile, TransCanada is planning to extend its ANR pipeline from southeastern Ohio north-northeast through Knox, Morrow and Crawford counties, while possibly crossing into Richland and Marion counties. 
The specific routes the pipelines will follow have yet to be determined, although the Rover pipeline appears to be further along in making that determination, with surveyors in the field. And these two projects are probably just the tip of the iceberg.
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