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WHEELING — TransCanada, the same company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, hopes to move 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day through Marshall and Monroe counties by the end of this year via the 36-inch diameter Leach XPress pipeline.

On Thursday, officials with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the $1.4 billion project designed to ship dry methane natural gas from a Majorsville compressor station in Marshall County to a compressor station in Ceredo, W.Va., near Huntington.

CLARKSBURG — Ronald Lane Inc., Clarksburg, has signed a contract with a major natural gas company to lease land in both Harrison and Ritchie counties that will result in 800-1,200 jobs coming to the region. They are scheduled to move in June 1.

Ronald Lane Inc. is a pipeline construction and commercial development company headquartered in Clarksburg.

Chris Lane, a co-owner, said the natural gas company will occupy all the remaining lots in the Sun Valley Industrial Park, which contains about 22 acres on U.S. 50 just outside Clarksburg.

Don’t let anyone tell you the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not good for West Virginia and West Virginians.

The $5.1 billion pipeline project, spearheaded by Dominion Energy, would begin in Harrison County and bring natural gas from the Marcellus shale and other prolific gas formations in and around north-central West Virginia to natural gas users in Virginia and southeastern North Carolina, reported the Gazette-Mail’s Max Garland.

Clarksburg Exponent
by Wilson R. Harvey CORRESPONDENT

CLARKSBURG — To many, environmental and fiscal welfare may seem incompatible goals.

However, it is the convergence of those two spheres that has fueled the success of the Private Project of the Year as selected by The Exponent Telegram’s Editorial Board.

This year’s project is Antero Resources’ wastewater treatment complex in Doddridge County.

Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, said she has high hopes for the facility.

“Antero’s Clearwater facility is good for the environment and the economy,” she said. “The state-of-the-art project will eliminate the need for an estimated 60 wastewater disposal wells over its lifetime and reduce water truck travel by more than 10 million miles annually.”


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