Belpre natural-gas project addressed

BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - The natural-gas supply bottleneck between Marietta and Belpre is being addressed within a month.

Ohio State Representative Jay Edwards told Belpre city council Monday night that a $10 million dollar project by Dominion Gas will be approved by mid-March.

Edwards says after delays from a change in leadership at the PUCO in Columbus, the Dominion gas project will go through next month.

He says the larger lines and infrastructure improvements could be in place by the end of the year.

That would clear the way for economic expansion.

"Most areas do not have that." Edwards said. "They're right at the end of the line here in Belpre and it's really caused (it). So there's a lot too, that if you have a lot of development up the line, that's causing even more of the problem down here, as well as there being a bottleneck in between.

"So they're going to (fix it). A bottleneck is just a smaller line in certain areas that needs to expand."

Edwards says the expanded capacity will improve residential gas service and provide for economic expansion in the region over the next 10 to 15 years.

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