A representative of a natural gas pipeline company met with Pickaway County leaders Thursday.
Wendell Hunt, speaking for the Williams company, based in Oklahoma, introduced the "Bluegrass Pipeline" project to the Pickaway County engineer and commissioners.
The 24-inch conduit for liquid natural gas would gather from feeders in Noble County, Ohio, and then head through the county toward an existing pipeline in northwest Kentucky.
The oil-rich shale fields are primarily in Pennsylvania and New York state, but the market opportunity is in Louisiana.
The proposed pipeline heads east-west across central Pickaway County, hopefully following existing utility corridors. That includes the ATEX pipeline, and running past the Westfall elementary.
Representatives are out already, but to seek leases and permission. Surveying crews may be out by late summer, and the pipeline is hoped to be in operation in late 2015.
Hunt was heading on to Williamsport and New Holland next. He says the company wants to be a good neighbor with community leaders.
The commissioners were happy with the company's advance notice...and probable expenditures in the county.
The Williams company has been in operation since 1906, and has about a decade of experience with this kind of pipeline out west.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils