Springfield is the preferred site for a new natural gas pipeline.
The 24-inch underground pipeline would begin in Pennsylvania and travel South along the state line.
Also, along with the new pipeline could come a pumping plant and 15 to 20 permanent jobs.
The pipeline is a project led by NiSource Midstream Services, a subsidiary of NiSource, an Indiana-based company that focuses on natural-gas and electrical transmission, storage, and distribution.
NiSource announced a joint venture in July with affiliates of Hilcorp Energy Co. to construct a new gathering pipeline infrastructure. It was announced that the first phase of construction would be 50 miles of pipeline in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
The total investment in new infrastructure to help deliver Ohio Utica shale gas to markets would be between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.