Transportation Deputy Secretary gives update on pipeline modernization project

U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari joined Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator Cynthia Quarterman and Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, Ohio, to discuss plans to update the region's aging natural gas transmission system by replacing aging infrastructure.

Porcari's visit was a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) plan to streamline the federal permitting process for a 1,000 mile pipeline modernization project that is expected to create thousands of jobs, boost safety, and increase energy capacity. The program benefits communities in six states, including the Marcellus Shale natural gas production region, where pipeline infrastructure is nearly 40 years old.

"We’ve asked pipeline operators to step up and take action to replace aging pipelines to ensure the safety of local communities across the country," said Porcari. 

This large modernization of pipeline infrastructure will happen in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The project will promote safe and dependable delivery of energy resources throughout the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions of the United States.

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