Ohio to study natural gas pipelines’ impact on farm soil

rows of cornNote: The following are excerpts from a July 14 story written by Matthew Marx on agprofessional.com. Click here to read the full story.

A study of how natural gas pipeline installations affect Ohio cropland productivity begins this fall thanks to a $200,000 gift from Kinder Morgan, Inc. to The Ohio State University.

The study, to be overseen by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, focuses on soil disturbance caused by statewide pipeline installations.

Kinder Morgan’s gift allows the college to begin identifying and sampling soil from farmer fields this fall.

Over the course of three years, the college will survey and take samples from 50 fields statewide, predominantly in rural areas. Samples will be taken before and after pipeline installation.

“Kinder Morgan takes great pride in restoring agriculture properties to their full production yields following the construction of a pipeline,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s vice president of public affairs. “We have a long history operating in Ohio and we continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to working collaboratively with landowners.

“This study will examine the effectiveness of our best practices to determine what restoration alternatives, if any, our company and industry should follow.”

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