$60 million pipeline under construction

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — With so much going on around the area as companies work to get the oil and natural gas under our feet out of the ground, one more big project can be added to the growing list.

Pennant Midstream, LLC, on Monday announced the construction of a $60 million, 12-inch, 38-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline that will connect the $300 million Hickory Bend Cryogenic Processing Plant in New Middletown, Ohio, to the UEO Kensington facility near Kensington, Columbiana County.

The new pipeline will have the capacity to initially deliver approximately 90,000 barrels a day.

Because of all the activity, the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a public meeting in two weeks to answer the questions organizers said is being asked most often so representatives from oil and gas companies and government leaders can provide details to the public, especially plans for handling future emergencies.

“Where’s that pipeline going? What is it doing? Where? What will happen when this connection is made? Be it to the new plant in Kensington or potentially the new plant in Wellsville,” said April Brinker with the chamber.

A spokesperson for NiSource said all the various projects act like pieces of a much larger puzzle, eventually moving the minerals brought out of the ground to be broken into their “wet” and “dry” gas components and get them to market.

The new pipeline from Springfield to Kensington is expected to be completed by July. The community meeting will be held Oct. 14 at Crestview High School

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