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SAMANTHA CART Extending Our Network West Virginia’s Editor’s Note: The list of pipeline projects used for this article was provided by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc. These pipeline projects are either under construction or awaiting approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. However, this is not a comprehensive list of all proposed pipeline projects in West Virginia. Natural Gas Pipelines A variety of pipeline projects are underway in West Virginia, a testament to a growing optimism in the revital- ization of the natural gas industry. The Mountain State’s stifled success has been attributed to possessing a vast supply of natural gas with nowhere to send it, and new pipelines and updates to existing in- frastructure are a necessity to facilitating the fast-growing industry’s future success. With the addition of these proposed and pending pipelines and the possibility for more, the potential exists to mend a pow- erhouse industry, bolster job creation and make a significant impact on West Vir- ginia’s economy. Aerial view of the Ceredo compressor station in West Virginia, which will see significant upgrades as part of LXP. Photo by U.S. Natural Gas Communications. STATUS: Leach Xpress Project Announced in 2014 by Columbia Gas Transmission, the Leach Xpress Project (LXP) received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January 2017 and is expected to be in service by November 1, 2017. The pipeline will enable the safe transport of approxi- mately 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from Appalachia to clients served by the Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf pipeline systems. The project includes more than 160 miles of new, 36-inch-diameter pipeline and the construction of three compressor stations in Majorsville, WV; Summerfield, Ohio; and Oak Hill, Ohio. The LXP pipeline will originate at the Pennsylvania-West Under Construction Virginia border, travel through Marshall County, WV, and southeastern Ohio and end in Wayne County, WV. The total cost for the LXP is $1.8 billion, which includes its sister project, the Rayne Xpress Project. Based on an assessment by Cleveland-based consulting firm Kleinhenz & Associates, the LXP will have a significant economic impact for Ohio and West Virginia. “The LXP project is expected to create or support nearly 5,600 jobs through con- struction and generate close to $2.3 billion in economic benefits,” says Scott Castleman, manager for U.S. Natural Gas Communi- cations. “This project will directly boost West Virginia’s energy industry, as well as the state’s economy as a whole, and equally as important, these projects provide Bܝ[]H܈\[\^H]Xق\ܚ]X[\[[H[\X\H[\BYK[XXH[ܝ][ۈو]\[\[H]H[YH[YHYX[\ݙ\[Y][H[Z\[ۈ[ 'B[ۙ]H[؈ܙX][ۈ[[ۙ^H[ H\[^XY™[\]H L Z[[ۈ[\\[XB^][YK'[HX[ۈ\YYBYH]\[\X\HYY܈YY\[[H\X]H[HY[ۂ\ܙX] 8'H^\\[X[8'XXو\Y[\H[\X\HڙX\[\[YHۙ]\H۝X]\Y\˸'B˕ՑVPUUKBBH M