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County signs pipeline easement

July 1, 2012
By TOM GIAMBRONI - Staff Writer , Morning Journal News

LISBON - Columbiana County commissioners will reap $72,000 as a result of the shale gas boom.

A week after leasing county property for shale gas development, Commissioner Chairman Mike Halleck reported at this week's meeting he had signed an easement granting permission for a gas pipeline to be run across the county farm property.

The easement is with a midstream company, Cardinal Gas Services of Oklahoma City, which wants to run a pipeline to transfer natural gas from local well sites to processing plants. This represents the next stage in the shale gas play under way in the county as drilling gets underway.

This particular pipeline is under the county farm property in Center Township, where the county jail and dog pound are located. The easement is for about 6,000 linear feet, with Cardinal Gas paying the county $12 per foot. The easement is for a 50-foot right-of-way, and the pipeline would be buried at least three feet.

Commissioners had previously authorized Halleck to negotiate and sign the easement agreement on their behalf, and the board voted to include the terms of the agreement in its meeting minutes.

The land subject to the easement is among 548 acres of county property subject to a shale gas lease commissioners entered into with Chesapeake Energy for $3.2 million the week before.

In other action, commissioners renewed a contract with U.S. Bank to continue providing web and email filtering software services for the courthouse. The three-year contract for $13,000 replaces an annual contract that cost $6,700 per year, with the new arrangement saving the county about $7,000 over the life of the agreement.

The next commissioners meeting is 9 a.m. July 3.



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