The Columbus Dispatch reported on Friday that NiSource Inc. intends to spend $500 million to upgarde 459 miles of interstate pipelines in Ohio
The project will create 1,000 construction jobs and will take 10 years to complete.
The overall price tag is $4 billion in Ohio and other states to upgrade 12,000 miles of pipelines over 15 years.
Key parts of the project are in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, areas where drilling into the Utica shale and Marcellus shale is under way.
NiSource, based in Indiana, is the parent company of Columbia Gas of Ohio.
It is one of the first companies to respond to the federal government's call in 2011 to pipeline owners to update aging systems and reduce accidents.
On Monday, NiSource had announced a $300 million planwith a partner for a new processing plant for natural gas liquids in either eastern Ohio or western Pennsylavnia.
Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch story by reporter Dan Gearino.
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