Gas pipeline proposed

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An 1,100-mile oil transmission line from the Shenango Valley through West Virginia has been proposed.

Directors of the Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams Companies, which specializes in gas and oil infrastructure, are working on a natural gas transmission pipeline that would stretch through portions of Mahoning and Columbiana counties on its way to the Gulf Coast.

The first phase could handle up to 200,000 barrels of fuel per day in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, officials said.

“There’s a lot of steps in this process, but we have, we hope to have the whole pipeline and infrastructure in place by 2015,” said Williams Companies Director of Corporate Development Bill Lawson.

Lawson said Wednesday the company is contacting landowners to gain right-of-way agreements and are working to obtain all the needed federal and state permits.

He said the project will help get natural gas to market and will support other companies in the industry.

“The continued development and drilling activities of the producers, so this also helps sustain the investment that producers plan to make in that region,” Lawson said.

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