This important project is bringing jobs and substantial infrastructure upgrades to support communities in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Explore infrastructure and facilities along the pipeline route.
Energy exploration and development in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia has unlocked an abundance of natural gas — a clean, domestic energy resource that will fuel the nation and create local jobs and opportunity.
The Leach XPress pipeline will transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of that natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The pipeline will link locally-produced energy with regional markets and provide natural gas users with a reliable and affordable new gas supply.
Across the board, our construction and operations meet or exceed the comprehensive federal pipeline safety program standards implemented by the US Department of Transportation.
New pipelines are made with high-strength steel and coated with an epoxy bonding to protect the pipeline when it is in service. Specially-trained employees monitor the performance of all TransCanada natural gas pipelines from our Gas Control Center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
What’s more, experienced pipeline integrity engineers oversee our continuous inspection program, which includes periodic use of state-of-the-art internal inspection devices called “smart pigs.”
We don’t protect the environment just because we have to, but because we want to.
Before construction can begin on the Leach XPress Project, we take part in thorough and transparent environmental review process overseen by FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). A FERC review team will analyze our project’s proposed impact on land, water, air and wildlife resources and approve it only if impacts are kept to an absolute minimum.
In addition to FERC’s review and approval, we also obtain clearance from state and federal wildlife agencies and state and federal water and air regulatory bodies.
During construction, environmental personnel work onsite to ensure that steps are taken to protect land and water resources, and that land restoration activities occur in a timely and thorough manner post-construction.