Ohio Power Siting Board authorizes construction of natural gas pipeline through Wayne and Summit counties

Ohio Power Siting Board authorizes construction of natural gas pipeline through Wayne and Summit counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 23, 2009) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved Dominion East Ohio’s application to construct a 8.4 mile underground natural gas pipeline from Chippewa Township in northeast Wayne County to Franklin Township in southwest Summit County. The 20-inch diameter pipeline will enhance the company’s ability to store gas during the summer months and deliver gas during the winter.

Dominion plans to begin construction in April 2009 and to have the pipeline in service by January 2010. The company estimates that the facility will create an additional $145,000 in property tax revenue for Wayne and Summit counties.

Dominion filed its application for a certificate to construct the pipeline on Sept. 26, 2008, including in the application a preferred route and an alternate route. Following its review of the application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board authorize construction along the company’s preferred route. At a local public hearing held in Clinton, Ohio on Feb. 2, 2009, 12 witnesses testified about the proposed facility.

On Feb. 9, 2009, Dominion and OPSB staff filed an agreement settling concerns raised in the staff report. The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the transmission line along the preferred route subject to 33 conditions that the company must meet to remediate environmental and economic impacts presented by the project.

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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