Pipeline progressing across Belmont County

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Progress continues on the Rover Pipeline, which will pass through Belmont County and carry natural gas across 18 counties and four states.

The Belmont County Board of Commissioners signed a road use maintenance agreement Wednesday, retroactive to Dec. 7, that includes Clover Ridge Road, a portion of County Road 5. County Oil and Gas Liaison Steve Hill said that portion of road had not been included with the original RUMA. He said the road will be upgraded once the pipeline is complete.

Susan King, a public outreach representative for Rover Pipeline, thanked the board for its cooperation. She said the project will result in a 713-mile long, 42-inch diameter dual pipeline designed to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of domestically produced gas per day from the Marcellus and Utica shale production areas to markets across the country and in Canada, where a Union Gas Down Storage Hub will redistribute it back to the United States or into the Canadian market.

The pipeline will pass through central West Virginia and through the southeastern portion of Belmont County west of St. Clairsville, into Harrison County and then on across Ohio and into Michigan.

The pipeline is a $4.2 billion project that will create about 10,000 temporary construction jobs along its span, with 4,500-6,500 positions in Ohio and 30-40 permanent positions created in four states. King added that more information about the project can be found at www.roverpipelinefacts.com. She stressed that there are opportunities for local employment.

If someone in the local community has a business or service that they would like to offer to Rover, there’s a contract solicitation link,” she said. “We’re trying to support as many local businesses and contractors and individuals as possible to build the pipe.”

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