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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Rover Pipeline Good for Ohio Workers, Consumers, Businesses, and Taxpayers

The Rover Pipeline project has received considerable attention on the Daily Digger – and rightly so. It’s a key piece of infrastructure for the natural gas industry in Ohio.

It will undoubtedly contribute to our nation’s energy security by making it easier to transport clean, affordable natural gas from its domestic source to the consumers and businesses who can use it to heat their homes, power manufacturing, and provide fuel to countless other machines and devices.

Just as important, the Rover Pipeline will employ thousands of Ohioans. In fact, of the estimated 10,000 construction jobs that will be created by this $4.2 billion project, more than half are anticipated to be located right here in Ohio.

These will be good, well-paying jobs that put many skilled residents of our state to work. In addition, many of the parts needed for the pipeline will be sourced from local manufacturers, putting even more people to work in direct support of this important project.

That’s not only good for these workers and their families, it’s good news for the Ohio economy because as they generate more income, they will be able to spend it at local businesses. That’s the kind of economic shot in the arm that will really benefit us here at home.

Given that April is National Safe Digging Month, it must be highlighted that the work that will be done to construct the pipeline will be done in an environmentally friendly way that respects the land it passes through. A third party will help monitor the work to make sure that things are left in as good or better shape as they were found when the project is done.

The Rover Pipeline will also generate revenues for state and local governments through property taxes totaling an estimated $147 million in the first year alone. That will really help the budget challenges that governments across our state face.

When you consider all of the benefits of the Rover Pipeline, it’s clear that it’s a project that should be undertaken as soon as possible. If everything remains on track, construction should begin by next January. When the project is done, Ohio workers, businesses, consumers, and taxpayers will all come out ahead.

Ryan Augsburger
Managing Director, Public Policy Services

The Ohio Manufacturers' Association
Protecting and growing Ohio manufacturing www.ohiomfg.com

33 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: 614.629.6817
raugsburger@ohiomfg.com
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