Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of Natural Gas Pipeline in Delaware and Franklin Counties

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of
Natural Gas Pipeline in Delaware and Franklin Counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 3, 2005) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved the construction of a natural gas pipeline for Columbia Gas of Ohio that will be located over a distance of approximately 25 miles in southern Delaware County and northeastern Franklin County. When constructed, the pipeline will complete Phases IV, V, and VI of a new pipeline used by Columbia to provide natural gas service to customers in the northern Columbus area.

The new phases of the North Columbus Loop pipeline will enable Columbia to ensure adequate natural gas service for customers and provide support for additional growth in the area. A substantial portion of the project is located in southern Delaware County, which is currently the fastest growing county in Ohio.

Columbia’s application included a preferred route and an alternate route for the pipeline. On June 3, 2005, OPSB Staff filed a report recommending the preferred route as modified for the project because it would have less environmental impact than the alternate route. A public hearing was held on June 20, 2005 in Westerville, Ohio at which four members of the public offered testimony. The cost of construction for the project is expected to be approximately $40.8 million. Columbia will submit to the OPSB the expected date to begin construction when it becomes known.

The OPSB reviews applications for construction of large electric and natural gas facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly, and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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