WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue July 1, 2014
Company Promises To Be More Proactive As It Unveils Plans For New Pipeline
Texas Gas Transmission is planning to build a 30 mile natural gas pipeline through Henderson County, Kentucky. Known as the Southern Indiana Market Lateral, it will extend from Texas Gas mainline facilities in southern Henderson to Posey County, Indiana, to serve the new Midwest Fertilizer and SABIC Innovative Plastics plants.
Texas Gas’ parent company, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, recently faced significant opposition to its natural gas liquid Bluegrass Pipeline. To avoid the opposition they faced over the Bluegrass Pipeline, Boardwalk Vice President of Operations Rick Ashy says Texas Gas will be more proactive in meeting with and providing information to the media and public officials.
“We want to make sure everyone in the community understands the purpose of the pipeline, why it’s being built, what the need is," Ashy said. "We have to live and work in these communities ourselves. We want to be good corporate neighbors.... We have a really good reputation, we feel, with the community, and the communities that our pipeline crosses, including the Mayfield area, we go right through that community. And, we just try to keep a good relationship with the property owners because at the end of the day it’s still their property.”
Texas Gas is working on projects to transport gas from pipelines at Lebanon, Ohio, which carry gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields. If completed, the Southern Indiana Market Lateral will transport 166,000 MMBtu, or roughly 166 million cubic feet, per day of natural gas piped from Lebanon.
The pipeline is expected to create up to 200 construction jobs and generate around $200,000 in tax revenue for Henderson County. If the project receives required state and federal permits, Texas Gas will begin construction in October 2015 to have it in service by July 2016. Texas Gas is working on permission to survey land for the proposed pipeline route.