Trans Canada is evaluating the possibility of developing a new natural gas pipeline on its ANR system through Morrow County.
This possibility brought Trans Canada representative Peter Jaskoski to meet with Morrow County Commissioners on Wednesday July 16, 2014.
When most people who follow pipeline news think of Trans Canada, they think of the proposed northern half of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. However, ANR is a different Trans Canada pipeline with a similar function as Keystone XL.
Rather than for carrying tar sands bitumen to the Gulf Coast, this pipeline would bring market shale gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing.
In a handout provided to the commissioners by Jaskoski, Trans Canada describes the ANR pipeline project.
“The project would include construction of a new, approximately 500-mile natural gas pipeline originating at Clarington (north of Cadiz), Ohio and terminating near Bridgman, Michigan. It is anticipated to have a capacity of 1.2 to 2 billion cubic feet per day.”
Jaskoski shared that Trans Canada is in the very early stages of planning for the project, and is actively seeking commercial support, while also informing potential landowners along a potential route.
This project will bring land agents, evaluating the environmental hotspots such as water crossings, streams, wooded wetlands, to Morrow County households within the next two weeks.
“Land agents will begin to survey land next week and will be talking to land owners to get permission to survey their property,” said Jaskoski. “The land owner can refuse, but it leaves blank spots in our data. All land agents approaching landowners will be wearing badges and identifying themselves as contractors for Trans Canada. They have been told if land owners refuse, they are to move on.”
A decision on whether or not to proceed with the project will be made by the end of 2014 with a projected construction end date of June 2017.
Specifics of the project such as proposed routes, timelines, scheduled activities, pipe size and construction methods will be provided once a decision to proceed with the project is made.
According to a preliminary map provided by Jaskoski, the pipeline will enter Morrow County from Knox County in the southeastern portion of Perry Township from heading northwest through Congress just north of Candlewood Lake, through southwest North Bloomfield Township and continuing northwest through Washington Township into Crawford County.
Commissioner Tom Whiston asked Jaskoski what size pipelines this would be. Jaskoski shared that they think it will be a 30 inch natural gas line with approximately 750 to 900 psi.
Commissioner Dick Miller asked what the width of their right of way would be to which Jaskoski responded “generally 50 feet, no structures on the easement and 100 foot setbacks for buildings.”
Miller asked, “Do we have a delivery point possibility?”
“That is certainly possible,” said Jaskoski.
“My interest is a delivery point to a company like Bright Energy or someone who would be able to study the economics of a tap and delivering fuel to the residents of Morrow County,” noted Miller. “I like the notion of the infrastructure and the delivery point within the county made available to a company that would be able to supply an end user that would benefit economically the county and the citizens. It is the best clean burning product regardless if you like fracking or don’t like fracking.”
This project must receive approval from the applicable regulatory agencies to build and operate any new pipeline infrastructure.
If the project moves forward, any application submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be assigned a docket number and the project’s progress can be followed at www.ferc.gov
Jaskoski stated that Trans Canada will communicate with local communities, including holding open houses to inform communities about the project and gather feedback.