University to Conduct Impact Study of Kinder Morgan Pipeline on Farmlands

Ohio State University will conduct a soil study in conjunction with Kinder Morgan’s construction of its Utopia East petroleum pipeline project that will travel 215 miles from Harrison County, Ohio to the Michigan border.

OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will start a three-year study on soil disturbances caused by pipeline construction and how it impacts farmland. Soil samples will be taken before and after pipeline installation for study.

Kinder Morgan is helping finance the study by contributing $200,000 and said it takes pride in fully restoring farmland properties after pipeline construction.

According to Kinder Morgan Vice President Allen Fore, “the study will examine the effectiveness of [the company’s] best practices to determine what restoration alternatives, if any, [the] company and industry should follow.”

The $500-million project will move 50,000 barrels a day of ethane and ethane-propane mixtures for plastic production. Construction on the line is expected to start next month and has an estimated completion date of 2018.