A $70 million, 42-mile infrastructure project is about to take root in Randolph County. The Tygart Valley Pipeline, slated for completion by the end of this year, will transport natural gas from Marcellus Shale drilling in Barbour, Taylor and Preston counties.
It sounds like a rather large undertaking. Yet isn't it odd that our public officials have received no information? Crestwood Midstream Partners LP of Houston, Texas, and its partner Mountaineer Keystone LLC of Pittsburgh, haven't approached the Randolph County or Barbour County commissions. The Randolph County Development Authority hasn't been notified either.
We're not saying we're suspicious, just curious. And we have to ask, as just about anyone would, what's in it for our area?
Crestwood says it has plans to open a commercial office in the region. Does that mean jobs will come our way? There's bound to be plenty of construction work involved. Will opportunities open up for any of our area workers? What about taxes - will any of our area counties stand to gain?
Others likely wonder about the safety of this pipeline and whether there will be any disruption to scenic vistas.
We wish we had answers to these questions. Hopefully, a presentation before one of our local governmental bodies will come soon.