Seneca and Wyandot county business and community leaders, as well as interested residents, are invited to attend a pipeline construction issues briefing sponsored by Seneca and Wyandot county farm bureaus at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Youth Center on the Seneca County Fairgrounds.
The program is to be facilitated by Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation director of energy services.
"Long-term energy demand and new drilling technology have sparked interest in tapping into the Marcellus and Utica Shale deposits in parts of the Appalachian plateau, including many areas of eastern Ohio," Arnold said. "It is estimated that methane and methane liquids in these deposits can address major requirements for fuel for several decades. While farmers and rural residents in eastern Ohio are working with developers to access these resources, many farmers in this area will be working with other service companies to deliver some of these resources to refineries and markets."
Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC has proposed a 240-mile, 16-inch underground pipeline, which would originate in Marshall County, W.Va., and terminate at an interconnect with the Kinder Morgan Cochin Pipeline in Fulton County. The pipeline would transport a variety of natural gas liquids (ethane, propylene and butylenes) to be refined into other fuels.
"Many folks in the area have a number of questions and concerns,"
said Darren Frank, organization director for the county farm bureaus. "Our County Farm Bureau Public Policy Action Team is sponsoring this briefing to help local citizens learn more about the project."
Arnold said he plans to discuss energy trends, pipeline construction and remediation standards, the work of the Ohio Power Siting Board and how landowners impacted by construction, interested residents and local government should be involved in the project.