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Local gas project in "pipeline"

In a recent press release, Columbia Pipeline Group, a unit of NiSource, Inc., announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved construction of its Smithfield III Expansion Project in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

This project is part of Columbia's comprehensive expansion strategy to provide Marcellus and Utica producers with a pathway to southwestern market areas.

"Northeast gas supply is projected to soon outstrip demand," said Stan Chapman, senior vice president of Customer Service and Marketing. "The Smithfield III Project will help alleviate capacity constraints in the Marcellus production area and will provide producers with a pathway out of the region and access for higher valued markets."

Two core facility construction projects will aid Columbia in its goal. The first is the New Redd Farm Compressor Station in Washington County, PA. The station will have two 4,700 horsepower Solar Centaur units. It will be a new station.

The second will consist of enhancements to the Glenville Compressor Station. Two new 7,800 horsepower Solar Taurus 60 compressor units will be installed there.

"Taken together, the two projects greatly enhance our ability to provide new take-away capacity for Marcellus and Utica producers," Chapman said.

According to Angela Braun, Manager of Community Relations and Stakeholder Outreach for Columbia Pipeline Group, Gilmer County may see benefits from this project, such as new employment opportunities, an increase in local spending and additional local and state tax revenue. However, specific economic impact estimates were unavailable.