A new pipeline project coming to Ohio marks an important step in the state's oil and gas development.
The 1230 mile line will carry ethane, one of the liquids produced from oil and gas drilling.
Jim Samuel is a consultant with Capital Integrity Group and has been tracking the state's drilling progress. He says this pipeline will allow energy companies another opportunity to deliver the natural gas products that they're drilling to market.
Samuel: "We need these large projects to come on board so that when the gas, and of course the other liquids-ethane, butanes, propane-as they're coming out of the wells, that there is some place for that product to go."
Samuel says there are at least six other big pipeline projects underway around Ohio worth over seven billion dollars.
Construction on the ATEX begins this year and is slated to start operations in 2014.
Landowners in some 13 southern Ohio counties, including Jefferson, Harrison and Tuscarawas county will be impacted.