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Oil and Gas Task Force Discusses Road Conditions

By Staff | Nov 3, 2015

Anyssa Core of the WV Department of Homeland Security speaks to other task force members regarding her position in the area. Photo by Lauren Matthews

The Wetzel County Oil and Gas Task Force discussed road conditions and industry activity at their meeting held Friday, Oct. 30 at the county’s Mollohan Center. Several county and industry representatives attended the meeting.

Director of Transportation for Wetzel County Schools, Brian Jones, said the Whiteman Hill bus route had been reinstated. He said the department of highways would be conducting work on Barker Run Road soon, which would require the road to be closed.

Director of the Wetzel County Office of Emergency Management Ed Sapp advised Jones to look into the schools’ messenger system which conducts automated calls when there are school closings. Sapp said a few parents had said they had not received calls when New Martinsville School and Magnolia High School were recently closed due to power outages.

Maribeth Anderson of Southwestern Energy informed the task force that SWN currently has one rig stationed near Wilevyille; a fracking crew working at St. Joseph’s, and another rig located in Marshall County, which is accessed using Brock Ridge. Anderson said operations were running smoothly and SWN was using escorts on everything over 26,000 pounds. She said SWN would be inactive during communities’ trick-or-treat times. SWN is always inactive during bus traffic times.

Nathanial Manchin for EQT said fracking should be completed on the #333 pad, located on Richwood Run Road.

He said fracking was also occurring on the #367 pad, located on Sheep Run Road, and is scheduled to continue until late February.

Manchin added that EQT is waiting for a horizontal rig to arrive on the #190 pad, also located on Sheep Run Road.

Manchin said EQT is waiting on the first approval for the Ohio Valley Connector Pipeline Project. Manchin said this pipeline will come out of Marshall County from the northwest and down through Wetzel, toward Marion County.

Furthermore EQT has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for both the Equitrans Expansion Project and Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Also, Anyssa Core, Region IV Liasion for the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management made an appearance at Friday’s meetig.

Core said she had been with the department since 2011 but previously worked with Region II. She is currently stationed in Fairmont.