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Pipeline Projects Are Discussed

By Staff | Sep 2, 2015

Photo by Lauren Matthews Ray Renaud discussed traffic issues at the Wetzel County Oil & Gas Task Force meeting Friday, Aug. 28.

Christine Mitchell, External Affairs Representative, for Dominion spoke at the Wetzel County Oil and Gas Task Force meeting on Friday, Aug. 28, regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project and the Supply Header Project, the latter of which would include Wetzel County.

The Supply Header Project would include 39 miles of natural gas pipeline, nearly four miles of pipeline in Pennsylvania and 35 miles in West Virginia. Capacity would be at 1.5 million dekatherms per day.

Facility upgrades in Pennsylvania would include the JB Tonkin Station in Westmoreland County and the Crayne Station in Greene County.

West Virginia stations would include the Mockingbird Hill Station in Wetzel County and the Burch Ridge Station in Marshall County. The upgrades would result in approximately 75,000 horsepower of additional compression. The cost of the Supply Header Project will be approximately $500 million.

The final pipeline route has not been selected, as Dominion is conducting surveys and will determine the best route based on landowner input and an assessment of environmental, historic, and cultural impacts.

Natural gas supplies would be provided to various customers, allowing the transport of natural gas from supply areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to market areas in Virginia and North Carolina. One of the main customers would be Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will include 550 miles of pipe in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, would include Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. The capacity would be 1.5 billion cubic feet/day. Compressor stations will be located at Lewis County, West Virginia; Buckingham County, Virginia, and Northampton County, North Carolina. The route is not yet known as Dominion is collecting data through surveys and consultations with landowners and other stakeholders to determine the best route with the least impact to environmental, cultural, and historical resources. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is expected to be constructed 2016-2018 and is anticipated to be in service by late 2018.

Dominion will construct, operate and manage the pipeline, with ownership standing at 45 percent. Duke Energy will have ownership of 40 percent of the pipeline, with Piedmont Natural Gas having 10 percent ownership and AGL Resources (Virginia Natural Gas) owning 5 percent. The estimated cost of the project is 4.5 to 5 billion. Mitchell stated the project would bring in 17,000 jobs during the construction period. The pipeline project would generate 2,500 permanent jobs.

More information on the Supply Header Project can be accessed at www.dom.com/supplyheader

Information on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline can be accessed at www.dom.com/ACpipeline

In another matter, at Friday’s meeting, Ray Renaud, representing the Wetzel County Office of Emergency Management, said there had been some positive developments involving traffic on Brock Ridge, on Route 7.

Renaud said Southwestern Energy had added a mandatory pull-off point on the ridge, which includes a checklist. Renaud asked Daniel Sniesowski, representative of Southwestern, if the company was considering a permanent solution. Sniesowski replied that the company was looking at different options, such as whether to use an alternate route.

Renaud noted that he had appreciated the effort Southwestern had mad. “It is a good job so far,” he added.

In another matter, Renaud stated he responds to emergency calls on Doolin Run Road quite often. He stated he has been acquiring several bills for suspension issues on his vehicle.

“It tears my vehicle up,” he explained. “I have to run at a lower speed.”

Director of Transportation for Wetzel County Schools, Brian Jones, explained that two problem areas for busses, Wetzel-Tyler Ridge and Whiteman Hill, would be taken care of soon thanks to upcoming paving projects. Jones said paving was anticipated to begin Aug. 31 and would last each day from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jones said the bus route on Piney Road, on Route 20, has been reinstated thanks to paving. He said a slip on Chiselfinger Road had been repaired and there had not been any concerns with either location since repairs had been made.

New Martinsville Mayor Keith Nelsen alerted the task force members that New Martinsville Airport is closed now. It was mentioned that a helicopter had landed at the former airport recently.

“There is a red ‘x’ at the location, which designates that it is closed,” Nelson stated.

Office of Emergency Management Director Ed Sapp urged oil and gas company representatives to submit well site addresses.

“We had an EMS call this morning to a well pad we had never heard of,” he said. “It made it tough to find. If we can get those addresses, it would help us to better help you guys.”

Renaud remarked that coordinates for the actual well pads and access roads would be helpful.

During the designated time for public remarks, Wetzel County resident Bill Hughes expressed concerns with road closures affecting 911 response.

“There has been two instances of this that I’ve known,” Hughes stated.

He added that one day the road was closed for four to six hours due to a pipe truck rolling over the hill. Hughes remarked that the community located on St. Joseph’s Road has only one way to get in and out of the community. Hughes said he just wanted to give a general reminder to the oil and gas companies that “if the road is going to be closed, let the 911 people know so they can redirect traffic somehow.”

Also, a representative of Statoil stated that his company was looking for another location to move a speed limit sign they had placed in Wileyville for a while.

In another matter, Jones introduced Wetzel County Schools’ new superintendent, Leatha Williams. Jones said this was the first time a superintendent had attended the Oil and Gas Task Force meeting.