WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that Monroe County was awarded a $20 million BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Developments) federal grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The BUILD grant will be used to fund Monroe County’s Appalachia NGL Hub—Rail Transloading Project. This multi-modal, project will construct a rail yard and pipeline transloading facility to transfer propane and butane from pipeline to rail to be sent for export in the most efficient and safest way possible. 

“This is great news for Monroe County and its economy,” said Portman. “By increasing energy exports from the Marcellus and Utica Shale, this project will create more jobs in Southeast Ohio and help make America less dependent on foreign energy sources.” 

NOTE: Portman sent a letter of support to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for the Monroe County BUILD Grant application in July of this year.