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Construction on a $300 million natural gas processing plant in Mahoning County should get underway within the next couple weeks. Preliminary site work has been done and construction trailers have been placed at the site just off Stateline Road in Springfield Township.
Springfield Township Trustee Bob Orr said executives with NiSource Midstream and Hilcorp Energy are just waiting for final clearance from the EPA to start building.
“They meet with the county engineers, our road department and one trustee every other week to talk about any kind of issues that might pop up with residents or the roads, and any questions we have are answered at that moment or they get someone from Houston that will answer that question,” Orr said.
NiSource executives plan to process dry gas from wells in Mahoning and Columbiana counties as well as just across the state line in western Pennsylvania.
“I think it’ll mean installation of wells in Columbiana County that are directly south of here and in the path of this pipeline,” said Orr. “I think it’s all part of a greater plan to extract natural gas from here.”
The local project is being developed as a partnership between Hilcorp and NiSource Midstream Services. The plant is expected to be in operation by the end of this year.