A guide to pipelines in Ohio

Pipelines have become a national issue recently. Whether it be people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (which quickly became national) or even people conducting smaller, more local protests of pipelines, the nation is quickly beginning to pay attention.

That being said, pipelines are prevalent everything — even in Ohio. Right now there are five active pipelines in Ohio: Rover, Nexus, Buckeye Xpress, Utopia East and Tennessee Gas. Each of these pipelines not only impact communities, but also determine the flow of business and traffic in Ohio. They also come with their problems.

(Unless cited differently, all facts on the pipelines come from the Ohio Sierra Club.)

Rover pipeline: The Rover pipeline stretches across 713 miles and 18 Ohio counties. Construction on Rover started in March 2017, and it costed $4.2 billion to make. It’s already racked up more than 20 violations in Ohio alone. It’s caused problems ranging from sludge spills to air violations. It’s the biggest pipeline in Ohio, moving 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily, but it’s come with (and caused) a plethora of problems. This pipeline has affected numerous communities, and will probably have tons of stories that can be told from the people that have to deal with it daily.

Buckeye Xpress: The Buckeye Xpress pipeline isn’t in full operation yet; it’s full rollout is currently slated for 2020. It will tentatively snake from Vinton County to the Ohio River, 64 miles in total. As of now, it’s all set to be built, it just needs to be issued the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit and the Clean Water Act Section 401 Permit. According to TransCanada’s website, it is part of their plan to modernize pipelines. 

Nexus pipeline: The Nexus pipeline stretches 225 miles and effects 13 Ohio counties. It will move Appalachian shale gas supplies to northern Ohio, southeastern Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, and Ontario, Canada. As of Sept. 19, the Nexus pipeline was good to start moving natural gas. The expansion of the Nexus pipeline opens new, more fluid ways for natural gas to move across Ohio, but also brings more problems with it. Some of the counties affected by Nexus are very close to us, so we wouldn’t have to go far to find people to talk to.

Utopia East: The Utopia East pipeline is owned by Kinder-Morgan, a branch of Marathon, and stretches across 215 miles from from Harrison County to Fulton County. It has been active since January, and exists underground. Representatives from Kinder-Morgan have said it should exist for the next 70 years.

Tennessee Gas: Like Utopia East, the Tennessee Gas pipeline is also owned by Kinder-Morgan and reaches 964 miles across six states. As of now it carries natural gas, but there are plans in the works to potentially have it carry natural gas liquids, which pose more environmental threats.



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