Buckeye Xpress Pipeline

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Buckeye Xpress Pipeline is an operating gas pipeline in Ohio and West Virginia, USA.


The pipeline will run within Vinton, Jackson, Gallia and Laurence counties in Ohio, and Wayne County, West Virginia.[1][2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Columbia Pipeline LLC[1]
  • Owner: TC Energy[1]
  • Proposed capacity: 275 million cubic feet per day[1][3]
  • Length: 103 kilometers / 64 miles[1][3]
  • Diameter: 20, 24, 36 inches[3][1]
  • Status: Operating[4]
  • Start Year: 2020[4]
  • Cost: US$709 million[1][3]


The project requested Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to start construction in 2018.[1] On January 23, 2020, FERC approved the Buckeye XPress project. [5] The construction of the pipeline was completed in December 2020 and operations began in January 2021.[4][3][6]

The pipeline was developed to increase takeaway out of Appalachian basin and into TCO pool.[3]The project included pipeline replacement, looping and additional compression.[1]

Environmental Impact

In May of 2018, the Ohio Environmental Council, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a motion to intervene in a federal permitting process for the Buckeye Xpress Pipeline. The proposed 66-mile fracked-gas pipeline would cut through Ohio's only national forest and cross 336 streams and 134 acres of wetlands, passing through 12 miles of the Wayne National Forest’s Ironton unit and across the Ohio River to West Virginia. It would expand and replace an existing pipeline and dig up 225 acres.[7]

In June of 2019, FERC's environmental assessment found that the proposed project would not lead to significant environmental impacts as long as appropriate mitigation measures were in place. In June of 2019, FERC accepted public comments on its environmental assessment. The Sierra Club, the Ohio Environmental Council, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign, and the Center for Biological Diversity, along with several volunteer and community groups, were among those opposing the project. The project would impact streams, wetlands, and farmland, and threaten crucial habitat.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Planned Pipelines, Pipeline News, accessed October 2018
  2. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Natural Gas Data - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)". www.eia.gov. Retrieved 2023-09-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Recent completions of natural gas pipeline projects increase transportation capacity, Energy Information Agency, Mar. 16 2021
  5. Sullivan, Sean (24 January 2020). "FERC approves Columbia's 275 MMcf/d Buckeye XPress pipeline expansion". S&P Global. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  6. Kramer, Brad (22 January, 2021). "Buckeye Xpress Project placed in service in Ohio". North American Energy Pipelines. Retrieved 02 September, 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= and |date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Motion Challenges Fracked-gas Pipeline Threatening Ohio's Only National Forest, The Center for Biological Diversity, accessed September 9, 2019
  8. Lisa Kuhlman, Ohio Groups Question Pipeline Expansion, Clevescene, June 11, 2019

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