Columbia Gas Customers in OH Start Using M-U Gas in April

We often write about pipeline projects in the Marcellus/Utica and their mission to move our prodigious natgas production to new markets where the gas will fetch a higher price. Last fall MDN provided a list of 15 active pipeline projects in our region, aimed at moving our gas to new markets (see List of 15 Active Marcellus/Utica Pipeline Projects Worth $23B). However, sometimes the “new” markets these pipelines serve are located–right here, in the M-U region! That’s right. Not all gas needs to go to the South, the Southwest, Midwest or get exported to Canada and beyond. Sometimes new market demand is hidden in plain sight. Such is the case for Columbia Gas (owned by NiSource) in Ohio. The company said it has “changed our portfolio around” to source locally extracted Marcellus/Utica gas for “at least 40%” and “likely much more” of the gas it sells to its customers. The change to using Marcellus/Utica gas will begin in April. Among the pipelines that will flow the M-U gas Columbia will buy is the recently completed Leach XPress (see Leach XPress Goes Online; FERC Approves Mountaineer & Gulf XPress). Here’s the good news that our own gas will serve those in our own region…

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