LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners are optimistic the gas development boom could resume as early as 2019 once area pipelines are in place to transport the product to market.

“When that infrastructure is in place things will pick up again,” predicted Commissioner Tim Weigle.

There are two major pipelines planned for Columbiana County that will transport natural gas from the collection and processing plant near Kensington. Once the pipelines are in place, drilling activity is expected to increase because companies will have a direct line to transport product to new markets.

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