Ohio Power Siting Board authorizes construction of natural gas pipeline in Delaware County

Ohio Power Siting Board authorizes construction of natural gas pipeline in Delaware County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 18, 2007) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved an agreement that grants Columbia Gas of Ohio’s application to construct a 10 mile-long underground natural gas pipeline from Liberty Township, Delaware County to the city of Delaware. The 20-inch diameter pipeline will improve the existing natural gas transmission infrastructure in southern Delaware County.

The agreement, approved by the Board today, includes 32 conditions that the company must meet to remediate environmental and socioeconomic impacts presented by the construction of the facility. Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin later this month and be completed by the end of this year.

Columbia filed its application for a certificate to construct the pipeline on Oct. 6, 2006, including in the application a preferred route and an alternate route. On Feb. 16, 2007, OPSB Staff filed a report recommending the company’s modified preferred pipeline route. A local hearing was held in Delaware on March 6, 2007 to gather public input. On June 7, 2007 OPSB Staff, Columbia and the city of Delaware filed their agreement settling concerns raised by the staff and public.

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.