FERC: All Leach XPress Construction Can Proceed

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FERC has approved TransCanada’s request to proceed with full construction of facilities, listed below for Marshall County, West Virginia; and Fairfield, Hocking, Monroe, Noble and Vinton Counties, Ohio, associated with the Leach XPress Project:

  • An extra workspace area, aboveground facility relocation, two LEX pipeline route realignments and two new temporary access roads that were previously authorized for tree felling in the March 22, 2017 authorization
  • A reroute of the LEX pipeline from mileposts 38.40 to 38.99 within the same construction footprint that was previously authorized for tree felling in the March 29, 2017 authorization. This reroute, 50 feet to the south, allowed TransCanada to collocate its pipeline with Rover Pipeline, LLC’s recently constructed pipeline.
  • A reroute of the LEX pipeline from mileposts 39.11 to 39.61 (requiring an additional 0.67 acres of forest already cleared of trees by Rover) to enable collocation with Rover’s pipeline and avoidance of wetland and stream crossings
  • The relocation of permanent access road PAR-MLV-4 at mainline Valve 4 near milepost 49.31 of the LEX pipeline. TransCanada is relocating this road 100 feet north, requiring an additional 0.07 acres of agricultural/open land, in order to avoid Rover’s collocated pipeline.

The $1.4 billion Leach XPress Project will allow for the safe transport of 1.5 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica supply basin along the 160-mile greenfield project, which crosses the northern panhandle of West Virginia and then traverses southeastern Ohio.