This is a weird one. According to an article on the Fuel Fix blog, in 2012 construction of new major natural gas transmission pipelines plummeted to its lowest rate since 1997. They base their analysis on a recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) report that tracks new pipeline construction.
With all of the new pipelines announced and started last year (many of them in the Marcellus and Utica), it sure seems strange, almost unbelievable, to us. Are these numbers accurate? Did EIA, an organization with a stellar reputation for accuracy, miss something? Here’s the article from Fuel Fix: