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Ohio EPA chief tours shale gas processing plant
Regulatory oversight of such a vast project involved multiple agencies
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Scott Nally, Director of the Ohio EPA toured the Kensington cryogenic plant
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The output of 100 Utica Shale wells is now coursing through a new billion-dollar processing system ranged across thirty miles of rural northeast Ohio.  And WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports, the state’s EPA chief came by for look.

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“It’s big!”   
That’s the first impression of the cryogenics plant now arrayed over nearly a mile along a ridge a couple of miles east of the Columbiana County village of Kensington. Kensington cryogenic plant It’s not a huge building though…more a sprawling skeleton…of some creature made of great pipes, and towering pressure vessels.  

Cryogenics
Basically… it’s a chemical plant that uses extreme cold to begin separating the liquids and gasses pumped from shale so they can be turned into products like butane and propane; a process continued by a sister plant, a “fractionator,” at the other end of a pipeline in Scio in Harrison County.

Regulatory oversight
The construction required oversight, and while touring the plant, Ohio EPA director Scott Nally says that’s what it got. “We worked with our counterparts at the federal level.  The U.S. EPA.  We had the Corps of Engineers, because there are some streams through this site, and some wetlands that needed to be mitigated.  So we worked with our federal partners, along with out state sister agencies.”

On line but still building
Project managers say the Kensington facility will ultimately be about twice the size it is now, with as much as four times the processing capacity and be done in 2015.

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