Harrison works on well siting

CADIZ – State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubeville, was in attendance at the recent Harrison County Gas and Oil meeting.

Gentile thanked the sheriff for spearheading the monthly meetings and getting everyone to the table to talk about issues.

Doug Crabtree of the Harrison County engineer’s office spoke representing the county emergency services noting departments are working on the placement of latitudes and longitudes on the 911 system. “Most departments geocode physical addresses such as 1425 Main St. for their 911 systems,” Crabtree explained.

“There are some departments out there that geocode lat/long coordinates, which is better to locate non-residential sites like well and gas line locations where incidents could occur,” he said.

Crabtree also stated the county is working on a web program that will provide current information on well and drilling locations.

Bill Kolovich of Chevron said his company is preparing to drill a well on the Wagner farm near the intersection of U.S. Route 250 and state Route 151.

Kolovich asked Gentile if there was any legislation detailing requirements for fencing around gas well sites.

Gentile said that to his knowledge there is no legislation pertaining to that issue but sated he would work with gas and oil representatives to address the concerns.

Gary Moore of Atlas advised that fracking would start soon at the Cramblett farm and that will create increased traffic on Bower Road.

John Seleski of Green Township brought up concerns about truck traffic obeying speed limits.

Randy Uscio of Shortcreek Township identified those trucks as OMNI vehicles, and the sheriff asked that anyone having information about the vehicles contact his office.

Bob Stewart of Washington Township reported that a car had been damaged when a sign used by a gas company alongside a road was blown over by a truck and struck the vehicle.

The May meeting has been canceled due to Memorial Day. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on June 24 at the Puskarich Library.