Three companies have announced plans for a $1.3 billion pipeline to link emerging Utica Shale gas fields in eastern Ohio to energy companies and customers in the Midwest and beyond.

The 250-mile pipeline would originate in northeastern Ohio, connect with the existing Vector Pipeline in Michigan and complete its final leg into Canada, terminating at the Dawn Hub in Ontario, company officials said Wednesday.

Plans are preliminary, and it still remains unclear whether the line would pass through parts of the Mahoning Valley, sources said.

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