By Bob Weaver

Columbia Pipeline Group plans to spend $2.7 billion dollars in infrastructure costs to build a 36" pipeline and compressor stations to move gas from Utica and Marcellus shale fields in West Virginia and adjacent states to the Gulf.

The proposed pipeline and infrastructure improvements will affect a number of WV counties, including regional counties.

The Mountaineer XPress project will move gas to a station in Leach, Kentucky, to then be sent to the Gulf of Mexico.

The project to move gas on to the Gulf is called Gulf Xpress.

"The announcement underscores CPG's commitment to expanding its natural gas pipeline system in the Marcellus and Utica shale areas," said Glen Kettering, President, Columbia Pipeline Group.

"These projects will enhance CPG's already substantial footprint to meet the needs of the market in this important region - transporting growing supplies of clean-burning natural gas to high-value markets."

The company says the two projects will substantially increase CPG's existing infrastructure to transport gas from the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia production areas.

CPG Communications Director Scott Castleman told the Hur Herald the company will be entering pre-filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the next few days and will be able to answer questions on how the proposed projects will affect counties and where new facilities will be located.