Enterprise gets green light for gas pipeline construction through Ohio nature preserve

Enterprise gets green light for gas pipeline construction through Ohio nature preserve The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will allow Enterprise Products Partners to bury its natural gas pipeline under the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.

The Houston-based company will have to bore under the Licking River and the nature preserve, according to the agreement. Enterprise has been using an open-trench route elsewhere in Ohio for the pipeline, The Columbus Dispatch reported. In addition, Enterprise must install stone and plant vegetation to stabilize the banks along the river to prevent erosion.

Bill Weaver, founder of the nonprofit Friends of Blackhand Gorge, which worked with the Department of Natural Resources on the pipeline agreement, said the group was "elated" about the outcome.

"These measures will enhance the most-historic and -beautiful part of Licking County," he said.

Construction of the pipeline has been halted since February, when Enterprise ran into a dispute with a private landowner who the company said had previously given permission to install the pipeline.

"We believed we had a valid agreement in place with a private landowner, and our position on that hasn't changed," said Enterprise spokesman Rick Rainey. "But rather than let that delay the project, we worked with the other stakeholders in the spirit of cooperation to reach an agreement that meets the needs of ODNR and the Friends of Blackhand Gorge, and allows us to proceed with the project."

The eastern leg of the 1,230-mile pipeline from Washington, Pa., to Seymour, Ind., and connect with the ATEX pipeline. It will carry ethane to the Gulf of Mexico.

PennEnergy's research area offers additional information on natural gas pipelines.

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