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EID Ohio: Natural gas pipeline concerns largely unfounded

By Jim Mackinnon Published: May 21, 2013

Energy In Depth Ohio says that natural gas pipeline construction is largely environmentally safe and, when finished, typically not noticed by the general public.

Shawn Bennett, director of corporate and community affairs for Energy In Depth Ohio, writes: "Pipelines are nothing new to us in Ohio, or anywhere across the United States for that matter.  In fact, nearly 2.1 million miles of natural gas pipelines crisscross the country. To put that in perspective, if you laid 2.1 million miles of pipe end to end, you would have enough pipe to stretch to the moon and back — more than four times! Even more impressive? Most people couldn’t tell you where a pipeline is laid after it has been there for a couple months. Those targeting pipelines as some sort of eyesore are just looking for any reason possible to be against oil and gas development, no matter how silly their claims are. 

"In terms of safety, pipelines are among the safest and most reliable form of transportation we have to deliver natural gas and natural gas liquids."

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