New Infrastructure to Bring Domestic Energy to Growing Markets
The proposed Leach XPress project involves construction of approximately 160 miles of natural gas pipeline and compression facilities in southeastern Ohio and West Virginia’s northern panhandle. The roughly $1.4 billion investment will enable the safe transport of approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the heart of the Appalachian supply basin to natural gas consumers served by the Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf pipeline systems. When completed, the new Leach XPress pipeline and compressor system will supply this region with domestic, clean-burning natural gas for generations to come.
The Columbia energy companies have been safely and reliably serving natural gas consumers in Ohio and West Virginia for more than 100 years. As a creator of project-related jobs and new local tax revenue, the Leach XPress investment reaffirms our partnership with communities through this important region.
Delivering Appalachian Supplies to Growing Markets
As natural gas production continues to grow in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, Columbia Gas Transmission has been working closely with natural gas producers to provide new transportation options to deliver gas from the capacity-constrained supply basin to the interstate market. By connecting production areas to the Columbia Gas Transmission mainline system, the Leach XPress project will help move domestic natural gas to high-demand energy markets.
Focus on Safety and the Environment
In addition to generating substantial local economic benefits, the Leach XPress project will be designed, constructed and operated with a core focus on safety and respect for landowners and local natural resources. Columbia’s efforts to meet and exceed safety and environmental standards have earned the company awards and recognition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Gas Association.
Working Closely with Residents and the Community
Columbia has already begun extensive outreach to landowners and communities in areas where the Leach XPress project will be constructed. Prior to construction, this project will undergo a comprehensive and transparent environmental review overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Throughout the review period, the Leach XPress project team will continue to work closely with landowners, local officials and communities to provide up-to-date information and ensure community involvement in the process.
Columbia anticipates initiating construction in late 2016, with a targeted in-service date during the second half of 2017.