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The next step in eastern Ohio's natural gas boom
Getting the gas to markets in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario

Tim Rudell
Wokers building the type of pipeline in whic DTE Pipeline invests
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Two-hundred and fifty miles of new pipeline -- big enough to carry one billion cubic feet of natural gas a day – it likely to be cutting across northern Ohio in as little as three years. WKSU’s Tim Rudell has more.

Spectra Energy of Houston, DTE of Detroit, and Enbridge, Canada’s largest natural gas distributor, want to jointly build a pipeline to move gas from Ohio’s Utica shale to markets in the Midwest and Canada.  Scott Simons of DTE…“We’re going to get the necessary regulatory authorizations form the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and could start as early as November 2015”…(Question:…when you’d start building it, or when it would actually start operating?”)…”That’s when it would actually start operating.”

The pipeline will start in Northeast Ohio, though the location hasn’t been picked yet. According to Simons, the construction will create local jobs.  “Our commitment is to get as much local contracts as possible.  So, we’ll definitely be looking at all qualified bidders and companies that are able to handle this kind of work.”

Pipeline critics worry about accidents.  Eastern Ohio had two pipeline explosions last year: one near Hanoverton in Columbiana County; and the other in Morgan County. No serious injuries were reported in either. 

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