Tour Locations | Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL
LOCATION 64 | Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL
Glenarm Eastern Pipeline
Yet another natural resource found below the surface of Illinois is Natural Gas, which is an important resource as 4 out of every 5 homes in Illinois uses natural gas for heat. However, very little natural gas is extracted from below Illinois, because it is very difficult to find, so nearly everybody in Illinois gets their natural gas by tapping into one of several pipelines that cross the State.
One of those pipelines passes underneath the Interstate just beyond where the onramp to our right merges with the Interstate. This pipeline is 1400-miles long and carries natural gas from Texas to Michigan. The pipeline extends to those yellow buildings about half a mile to our right next to the communication towers, where a compressor station ensures that the gas keeps moving through the pipeline. Only 1/3 of the gas that enters Illinois in this pipeline, remains in Illinois, as the rest continues to the east for those in adjoining states.
Like coal and oil, natural gas formed millions of years ago from plants and animals buried beneath the surface of the Earth. Natural gas is usually found near coal reserves, but generally a bit deeper. Most of our nation’s natural gas comes from enormous gas fields below the surface of Texas and Oklahoma.