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Shell secures more land for ethane pipeline

Mary Beth Eastman

Shell Pipeline Co. has acquired an additional six easements necessary for the company to build the 97-mile Falcon Ethane pipeline.

Since December, the company has acquired about 60 easements from Beaver County landowners, mostly in the southwestern in places including Raccoon, Greene and Independence townships.

The pipeline, which won’t be built until 2019, will transport more than 100,000 barrels of ethane and other natural gas liquids daily to Shell’s $6 billion cracker plant being built along the Ohio River in Potter Township.

The pipeline will have two legs, both of which will feed into the Potter ethane cracker plant.

One leg will be built from Houston, Pa., to Potter, while the other leg will run through eastern Ohio and West Virginia before cutting into southwestern Beaver County.

In the most recent round of easements, Shell paid nearly $116,000 for only 2,675 linear feet of pipeline space. However, $4,000 of that cost was for a “temporary working space and access road” so that the company can access a landowner’s property without digging there.

Like other easements, the most recent round contained language specifying that the pipeline will be built at least 3 feet below ground. However, a Shell Pipeline executive speaking at a conference last month said the pipeline will be buried at least 4 feet underground.

That same executive said at a conference last month that the construction of the pipeline is expected to create about 1,000 jobs. He also said more than 460 landowners have been approached in southwestern Pennsylvania concerning the Falcon pipeline.

According to documents filed with the county recorder of deeds, the pipeline will be built near Ridge Road in Independence, Kennedy Road in Greene and McCleary Road in Raccoon.

The landowners who contracted with Shell include Craig Kamicker of Independence, Michael Lokomski of Greene, Joseph Chamberlain of Raccoon, James Durkin of Independence and Melanie Kamicker of Independence.

Virginia Sanchez, a spokeswoman with Shell Pipeline, said Wednesday that the company continues to “make good progress” in securing easements for the project.

She said the company last week secured an additional 10 easements, although those documents haven’t yet been filed with the recorder of deeds.

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