A proposed natural gas pipeline that will extend from gas-rich shale deposits in eastern Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania to Defiance, then north past Archbold into Michigan and Canada, already has commitments.
Vicki Anderson Granado, spokesman for ET Rover Pipeline LLC, said three major shippers of natural gas have already signed commitments to utilize the proposed high-pressure underground pipeline.
Maps shown at a Monday, July 14 open house at Defi- ance College hosted by ET Rover showed the pipeline running within a mile east of Archbold, on its way from what’s called the Midwest Hub north of Defiance into Michigan, and eventually, to another pipeline hub near Sarnia, Canada.
Granado said the company has not released a figure for the pipeline’s total price tag.
“It is a significant investment,” she said.
One company official at the July 14 meeting hinted the figure would be “in the billions.”
She said ET Rover, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partnership, wouldn’t make the investment if there wasn’t natural gas available in the shale deposits to put in the pipeline and a need to move it to Defiance and Canada.
Pipelines are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.
Granado said currently, the pipeline is in the pre-application process.
An actual application for approval to build the pipeline won’t be filed until January 2015.
Construction on phase one, from the Marcellus and Utica shale areas to Defiance, is currently scheduled to start the first quarter of 2016, and be operational by the fourth quarter of that year.
Construction on the portion that will pass by Archbold is presently scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2016 and be ready for operation in the second quarter of 2017.
Right now, Granado said the exact route of the pipeline is unknown, because civil and environmental surveys have not been completed.
Granado said those who own land along the pipeline route will work with land agents to get permission for survey crews and engineers to be on the property.
Eventually, she said ET Rover will use local real estate appraisers to determine the appropriate value of the 100-foot easements needed for construction and 50-foot permanent easements.
She said most of the pipeline will be underground, and the land above can be used for crops or grazing livestock.
However, there are some restrictions on the easement. For example, she said a landowner cannot build a building on the easement.
Granado said the pipeline project will offer several benefits besides moving natural gas where it’s extracted to where it’s needed.
The project will create about 8,000 construction jobs, and work crews will look locally first for the goods and services they need.
She also said the company plans to buy American-made products whenever it can.
“That’s our philosophy,” she said.
In addition, the 8,000 workers will shop locally, eat in local restaurants, and stay in local hotels and motels.
Granado said the company estimates counties bisected by the pipeline will share $88 million per year in property taxes.
“The economic benefits will have a number of layers,” she said.–David Pugh