As one of the nation’s most prolific areas of liquids-rich natural gas, the Marcellus/Utica Shale play represents an important new source of domestic energy and economic growth potential for the region and the nation. The 1,230-mile Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) Express Pipeline is designed to facilitate development of this quickly growing resource by providing takeaway capacity for ethane from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Texas Gulf Coast petrochemical market. Ethane is a natural gas liquid (NGL), like butane and propane, and is used as a feedstock in the production of a variety of consumer plastics.
- The project is expected to bring approximately 4,000 construction and full-time jobs and tax revenue to states and local communities along the proposed route.
- During construction and the ongoing operation of the pipeline, ATEX Express is committed to meeting or exceeding all applicable regulatory requirements. The implementation of a comprehensive safety and integrity management program will help ensure reliable operation of the pipeline, as well as protection of the public, workers and the environment.
- Approximately 70 percent of the proposed route is expected to utilize existing pipeline, which should limit the environmental impact of the project while offering an economic, timely solution for producers. ATEX Express is currently expected to begin service in the first quarter of 2014.
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