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New pipeline coming to Ohio Valley
Updated: Friday, October 4 2013, 06:57 PM EDT
By Rich Pierce
Jefferson, Monroe, Belmont County, OH
October 4, 2013
A new pipeline is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the Ohio Valley. The plan is for it to run through Monroe, Belmont and Jefferson Counties.
The announcement was made Thursday that PVR Partners LP, formerly known as Penn Virginia Resource Partners, will build the pipeline.
Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham is excited the pipeline is coming to the county.
“We are glad they are coming. They made the announcement yesterday. We are real happy they do things environmentally safe. It’ll be natural gas through the Utica Shale. We are especially happy because of the jobs,” Graham said.
Four hundred jobs will come to Jefferson County alone. The construction is expected to last for about two years.
PVR Vice President of Eastern Region Commercial Operation, Jim Scandola said on the phone that the pipeline will likely run through rural areas between Mingo Junction and Steubenville.
“They said they will participate. They will be making donations to various organizations in the county. They want to be partners with Jefferson county and we are happy about that,” Graham said.
Another plus for the county is the tax revenue.
“Our sales revenue tax is up 14 percent. That’s been holding consistent over the last year. Already more and more people coming into Jefferson County spending and we believe it’s a direct result of the gas industry, oil industry and we expect to see more of that,” Graham said.
Right now, specific construction details are limited.