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Could Water Pipelines Help The Area?
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 23, 2013 @ 9:56AM
Created on May 22, 2013 @ 6:20PM
 
The oil and gas industry is booming in our state, which has brought a lot of jobs to our area. But some people say it beats up our roads and causes a little more truck traffic. Some of you have told 5 News those are things you aren't happy about, but there may be a solution.

5 News spoke with a representative from Crestwood Midstream, who partners with oil and gas companies. He said right now they're working on getting the water trucks off the road. How? By building water pipelines underground.

This project has already been underway in Doddridge County for a little while now. They plan on finishing a 20 mile span of pipe by the end of the summer. They decided to do this to minimize the truck traffic, potential accidents, and damage to the roads.
 
Some truck companies are arguing against this because they're afraid drivers will lose their jobs, but 5 News was told this project actually creates more jobs because making these underground lines requires a lot of man power. You're probably thinking once they're built won't the jobs be gone? But the Crestwood Vice President of Operations said they have a 20 year agreement with Antero, so it's a long term commitment. And they aren't going to be able to get rid of all trucks, so there will still be driving jobs available. Employees said it's a good solution.
 
"Pipelines went up all over the place to basically feed the growing need. Pipelines are the most efficient way to move a product, so this is an efficient way to move the product through the area," said Joe Kopalek, Vice President of Operations at Crestwood Midstream. 
 
People in the community gave pretty mixed reactions. Some people said it's a great idea to get the trucks off the road because they don't want to see anyone else hurt. Other people said it's bad because drivers could lose their jobs. And others said this small change won't make a difference.

"I think it's the best solution and a good idea for them to do something like that. There should be some kind of tax or something that these companies can pay to help install the lines and fix the roads," said Robert Zontek, Harrison County Resident.

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