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May 4, 2014

$4 billion natural gas pipeline in early stages

Proposed route crosses through Hampshire

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Officials from Hampshire County met Friday with representatives from Houston-based Spectra Energy to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline that could pass through five states as early as 2018.

The length of the Spectra Energy Pipeline Project is approximately 427
miles underground with up to 1.1 billion cubic feet per day capacity and would cost about $4 billion.

“Right now we are in the early development stages,” said Arthur Diestel, Spectra’s media representative.

“We are initiating several activities to better position the project to meet anticipated gas market
needs. The growing market needs to provide firm natural gas transportation in the South Atlantic region for power generation and local distribution — company care load growth needs by the fourth quarter 2018.”

Les Shoemaker, Hampshire County Development Authority’s executive director, said the proposed pipeline would come from an area in Pennsylvania, through Maryland and into Hampshire County approximately one mile east of Points and three miles west of Capon Bridge.

“We are the only county in West Virginia it would be crossing if the pipeline is built,” Shoemaker said.

The pipeline would continue from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina.

“Spectra would also include an expansion of the pipeline capacity of the existing Texas Eastern Transmission System, which includes 16 miles of new pipeline and three new compressor stations running through West Virginia and Pennsylvania,” Diestel said.

“It is important to know that the project is in early development.”

Those attending the meeting included Charlie Baker, Hampshire County Planning Office; Steve Slonaker, Hampshire County Commission president; Commissioner Dave Parker; state Sen. Donald Cookman; and Nick Diehl with the West Virginia Development Office. “If the project comes to fruition, it would not only benefit the consumers but it would benefit the county’s tax base,” said Cookman.

Rob Alsop, an attorney with Bowles Rice in Charleston, represented Spectra at the meeting.

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