Ohio has 9,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines, most of it interstate lines under federal jurisdiction.
That’s about 3.5 percent of the total onshore natural gas transmission mileage in the United States.
Ohio has had 24 significant incidents, with five injuries, no fatalities and almost $16 million in property damage in the last 20 years, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
The most expensive incident since 2000 happened southeast of Hanoverton in Columbiana County, not far from where the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline will start.
On Feb. 10, 2011, the 36-inch Tennessee Gas Pipeline ruptured at a road crossing, sending up a jet of flame that turned the night sky into day.
“It sounded like someone was driving an old semi into the yard,” said Linda McGuire, who lived up the hill from where the pipeline ruptured. “Then the lamp started walking across the table.”
No one was injured, mostly because the pipeline ruptured in a rural area. The incident caused $2.9 million in damage, almost all of it to the pipeline operator.