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Vectren Considers Moving Gas Pipeline From Beneath Airport
DAYTON -- Vectren wants to move its natural gas pipeline that runs beneath the Dayton International Airport.
The airport is considered a "high-consequence area" because of the large volume of people at the airport at any given time so the utility company is expected to file for permission from the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to relocate a portion of a 3-mile, 12-inch natural gas transmission pipeline.
Vectren says the original pipeline was 8 inches in diameter and installed in the early 1900s before the airport was built. The pipeline was later upgraded to 12 inches.
“This relocation project will greatly enhance the ability to maintain the safety and reliability of this pipeline, ensure we can comply with federal inspection guidelines and eliminate the need to disrupt daily operations with airport grounds staff,” said President of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio Colleen Ryan. “Relocating the pipeline not only makes it more accessible, but also moves it away from the airport, which is considered a high consequence area due to the large volume of people who are on the property at any given time.”
A new corridor to the west of the airport has been proposed.
"This corridor presents the least impact to the public, cultural resources and the environment," a Vectren statement reads. "Those property owners who may be impacted by this relocation project have been notified by mail, and direct communication will occur with them as the process moves forward."
Filing with the OPSB is expected in the fall with construction expected in the summer of 2014.
Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio delivers natural gas to about 315,000 customers in Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Highland, Logan, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties.
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