Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Leads To Conflicts With Landowners

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Farmer Mick Luber stands along the southern border of his property in eastern Ohio, where Marathon has begun installing a liquid natural gas pipeline. Luber was able to reach an agreement with another company to reroute its proposed pipeline around his farm. (Julie Grant/Allegheny Front)

Eastern U.S. natural gas deposits have fueled a boom in the natural gas industry over the past decade.

There’s been a big push to build new pipelines to move the gas between states. If it’s considered in the public interest, pipeline companies can get the power of eminent domain, which allows them to route their lines through people’s land, whether the landowner likes it or not.

But what happens when they’re carrying other products like propane, butane or ethane — byproducts of natural gas production?

Julie Grant of Here & Now contributor The Allegheny Front reports.

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Julie Grant, managing editor at The Allegheny Front, a reporting project covering the environment. She tweets @AFrontJulie.

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