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

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

Columbus, Ohio (May 23, 2005) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved the construction of a natural gas pipeline that will be located over a distance of approximately 20 miles in Marion and Delaware counties. DEL-MAR Pipeline Company LLC (DEL-MAR) will own the pipeline that Suburban Natural Gas Company (Suburban) will use to provide service to its southern system customers in Delaware and Marion counties.

The 12-inch diameter pipeline will help provide Suburban southern system customers with sufficient gas supplies for the 2005-2006 winter heating season. Additional gas supply is needed because of the rapid growth occurring in the area. Delaware County is currently the 16th fastest growing county in the United States and the fastest growing county in Ohio.

The application as supplemented included a preferred route and an alternate route for the pipeline, both which start in Marion County and end in Delaware County. On February 18, 2005, OPSB Staff filed a report recommending the preferred route as supplemented for the project because it would have less environmental impact than the alternate route. A public hearing was held on March 7, 2005 in Delaware, Ohio at which five members of the public offered testimony.

Construction of the approved pipeline is expected to begin in June 2005, with construction expected to be completed and the pipeline in service by November 2005. The cost of construction on the preferred route will be approximately $7.5 million.

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.

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