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Thu July 11, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Pipeline for Natural Gas Liquids Could Cross Kentucky; Here's What You Need to Know

Kelly, Chris and Heather Pile
Kelly, Chris and Heather Pile
Credit Erica Peterson / Louisville Public Media

Over the past few years, more and more of America’s energy has come from natural gas. And much of that gas has come from the Marcellus and Utica Shales, which lie mostly under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland. Extracting the gas yields a profitable byproduct: natural gas liquids. These are hydrocarbons such as ethane, butane and propane. They're used in plastics, synthetic rubber and antifreeze, among other products. Tapping into and using these liquids could help make the United States more energy independent, by replacing the foreign petroleum that's currently used in some of these manufacturing processes. Read more....