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Williams Energy Suspends Bluegrass Pipeline, Was Set to Run Through Six Local Counties

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Williams Energy has suspended investments in the Bluegrass Pipeline, a project which would have brought Marcellus and Utica natural gas liquids to the Gulf Coast for export, due to what the company called an insufficient level of customer commitments.

Locally, the pipeline was set to travel through Harrison, Guernsey, Monroe, Noble and Muskingum counties in Ohio as well as Marshall County in West Virginia.

"The company continues to engage in discussions with potential customers regarding the scale and timing of demand for services and the required firm contractual commitments that would support any future capital investments," The company said in a statement released April 28.

"The project, in which Williams is a joint-venture partner, is designed to connect natural gas liquids produced in the Marcellus-Utica areas in the U.S. Northeast with domestic and export markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Bluegrass Pipeline represents a strong long-term solution in the marketplace."

The project was announced in early 2013 and was expected to be completed by 2015. The pipeline was expected to carry between 200,000 and 400,000 barrels a day of natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.