OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- One of the nation's largest natural gas pipelines will be made bi-directional to transport gas from Ohio to the Midwest - and potentially, to the western United States.
The Kansas-based Rockies Express, LLC. made the announcement earlier this week, saying it has signed an agreement with an unnamed Utica Shale driller. Some have speculated the company involved in the pact is Colorado-based Antero Resources, which is drilling wells in Harrison, Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties.
The project will require construction of a 14-mile pipeline that will connect the main line to MarkWest Energy's Seneca Processing Complex under construction in Noble County.
The Rockies Express (REX) Pipeline previously was used to ship natural gas from Colorado and Wyoming to Ohio. But the drilling boom in the Utica and Marcellus Shales has prompted the change in the supply line.
The announcement on the future of the nearly 1,700-mile pipeline is additional evidence of the growing power of Ohioâs developing Utica shale.