A new pipeline carrying ethane, a component of natural gas, will run through some central Ohio backyards.
The 1,200 mile Appalachia-to-Texas pipeline starts in Pennsylvania, runs through six central Ohio counties and travels to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Jay Mossbarger said that he fears the pipeline plans would threaten cherished quiet moments on his Fayette County horse farm.
"It comes right from one corner to the other corner of 300 acres," Mossbarger said.
He said the project would be more than a disruption for his yearlings.
"It's a lot different than going through corn fields. You're dealing with living animals that cannot live under the situation of them building a pipeline through here," Mossbarger said. "They'll have to be moved, that's the only answer, and that costs lots of money."
Mossbarger has dealt with pipelines before. Just three years ago, the Rockies Express Pipeline was built under his farm. The ATEX line would follow much of the same route.
"The last time I worked with the people, I was very cooperative with them," Mossabarger said. "I don't think they were as cooperative to me when it was all said and done."
Based on the past experience, Mossabarger hired an attorney to protect his interests.
Two eminent domain attorneys briefed landowners on their rights, and those of the company on Wednesday night.
"Enterprise as a private company has the power of eminent domain," said Michael Braunstein, of Goldman & Braunstein.
Mossbarger said that he knows he cannot fight the project, but said this time, he would not go down so easily.
"I told them they're kind of like dealing with a man that just got a divorce and they're a woman," Mossabarger said.
Enterprise Products, the company behind the pipeline, is currently negotiating with the property owners affected.
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