A pipeline is being planned to transport a key industrial liquid from newly drilled Marcellus and Utica shale formations through Ohio and Miami Valley counties on its way to Gulf Coast petrochemical plants. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. of Houston, Texas, is likely to build the pipeline expected to be in service by early 2014. Enterprise has a long-term agreement with driller Chesapeake Energy Corp. to transport at least 75,000 bpd. The projected route will be through Butler, Warren, Clinton and Greene counties. It would begin in Washington County, Pa., and end in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where it would connect with an existing Enterprise pipeline that is 650 miles long and ends in Texas.
The pipeline will not be placed in an existing trench, and will transport only ethane.