Cameras go inside pipeline project
CLOVERDALE -- Construction on the Rockies Express Pipeline -- a 1,679-mile long system that cuts through Putnam County -- is still underway.
REX-East is a $5.6 billion, 638-mile long pipeline that stretches from Audrain County, Mo. to Monroe County, Ohio. The 42-inch in diameter, underground steel system will carry natural gas from supply-rich areas of Colorado and Wyoming to the Midwest and eastern United States.
Nationwide, there is a huge and growing demand for safe, clean-burning natural gas. Experts predict that United States' demand for natural gas will increase more than 50 percent by 2020.
"This additional pipeline will open a new market for local gas companies," said Allen Fore, public affairs manager for Rockies Express.
It is expected to be in service by April 1.
After completion, it will carry "approximately 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day and create tax revenue and jobs for the local economies through which it passes," said Ryan Clem of Faulkner Strategies, LLC.
"This is the biggest pipeline construction," said Fore.
It includes REX-Entrega, a 328-mile pipeline from Rio Blanco County, Colo., to Weld County, Colo., which is completed; REX-West, a 713-mile pipeline from Weld County to Audrain County, which is in- service; and REX-East.
Surface restrictions where the pipeline runs are relatively minimal, typically prohibiting installation of any new permanent structures.
Landowners including Indiana farmers can use the land much as they did before.
For more information about the project, call the REX-East field office in Ohio at 866-566-0066 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org