Ohio has among the most natural gas pipelines in country, research shows


Ohio is home to the fourth-most natural gas pipelines in the country, according to a calculation by an industry trade group.

The state had about 24,066 miles of gathering line in 2015, ranking it behind Texas’ 133,136, Oklahoma’s 48,138 and Pennsylvania’s 26,536.

The figures come as part of a new report by API that analyzes natural gas in each state.

Gathering lines take oil or gas from a well site to a collection point, and are smaller than the larger lines that transmit oil and gas across state lines. Ohio has 9,796 miles of those kinds of lines, ranking it seventh in the country.

Both figures highlight the state’s prominence in the shale oil and gas industry. The gathering system data is an estimate from consulting and technology services firm ICF, which conducted the study.

Companies spent $4.2 billion on gathering pipelines in 2015.

Tom Knox covers Ohio State University, energy, state policy and the business of marijuana for Columbus Business First.