MOUNT VERNON — A proposed natural gas pipeline through Ohio will be going through Knox County as now proposed. The pipeline will be installed by Kinder Morgan Cochin.
The company will hold a public open house in The Dan Emmett Conference Center on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting is open to impacted land owners along the route and the general public. KMC will be seeking easements along the route rather than trying to buy land.
“This is a proposed project,” said Allen Fore, director of community relations for KMC. “The reason we are having the open house in Knox County is because before you file your application (for the pipeline), which goes before the Ohio Power Siting Board, you have a series of open houses across the state to give the opportunity for potential impacted landowners to attend.
“It is a proposed pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids to interconnect with our existing Cochin pipeline in Fulton County near Toledo. It will be 240 miles long,” Fore said.
Since Kinder Morgan first proposed the pipeline last May to the Ohio EPA and Ohio DNR, the route has been adjusted many times to avoid several potentially sensitive environmental areas, he said. The company would begin doing archeological and cultural studies along the proposed path of the pipeline.
“All of these things will be taken into account as we finalize the route,” he said.
At this point Fore indicated it was not clear how many jobs would be created by the project.