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Hilcorp Energy looks to drill in Salem Township

November 29, 2012
Morning Journal News

FRANKLIN SQUARE - Hilcorp Energy requested information from Salem Township trustees regarding a road use management agreement during Wednesday's meeting.

The township is becoming an oil and gas drilling hot spot in the northern part of Columbiana County.

Currently Hanover Township has the most permitted wells in the county.

The Hilcorp Energy has the oil and gas rights to the Grubbs well on Grafton Road and asked for a RUMA for eight-tenths of a mile from state Route 558 to the south.

RUMA's are a detailed process aimed at making sure secondary roads are capable of handling high-tonnage truck traffic back and forth from oil and gas wells and maintaining them.

B.J. Batterson, an engineer and project manager with Rettew, a land services company, asked what the procedure was, advising trustees Hilcorp planned on installing a wellpad, water impoundment and related facilities.

Trustee Chairman John Wilms referred him to the county engineer's office while advising him the township had a $50 license fee for core drilling to test the roads.

Batterson said Hilcorp has repaired roads before and after building the drillsite and Wilms said the township would prefer "before."

Wilms said, "We would like that to happen."

Trustee Bill Heston said they follow whatever the county engineer approves and Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said the RUMAs are prepared by the county prosecutor's office.

Batterson said they've done this with other townships and John Wilms said the township will issue a core drilling permit and then before the RUMA is signed they like to physically go over the area covered in the RUMA to check culverts, ditches and berms.

"We have a pre-meeting," Wilms said, "we'll look at what you're going to propose and you can put in what you want in the RUMA."

Wilms asked about a time window and Batterson said, "ASAP ... we don't operate any other way."

Batterson expected to have the paperwork prepared for the next regular trustee meeting on Dec. 12.

Hilcorp Energy Company is headquartered in Houston and is one of the largest privately-owned independent oil and natural gas companies in the United States.

The company engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production in eleven areas including the Cook Inlet region of Alaska, the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast, the Utica shale, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Rockies.

Hilcorp's pipeline affiliates operate natural gas and oil pipelines in many of the geographic areas where Hilcorp has production.

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