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Mahoning County gets more shale projects

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - First came the land leases, then the first wells, now the Shale Boom is reaching the mid-stream or build out stage.

The newest project is a pipeline and another cryogenic processing plant which will be located in the area of Middletown Road and State Line Road in Springfield Township.

"The project calls for a line to be buried five feet underground starting in Poland Township coming towards us in Springfield Township on a corridor that runs between Rapp Road and State Line Road," said Springfield Township Trustee Robert Orr.

It's a project estimated at more than $300-million involving a partnership between two companies, NiSource and Hilcorp.

The pipeline is needed to move the natural gas and liquids from the well to the processing plant, which according to Orr, will be located on several acres.

"I think there's more than 20 acres of land there, at least three different entrances coming into it and a well built building with a buffer of trees around it," Orr said.

With another similar plant already underway in Columbiana County, this project will mean more work for construction and skilled trades.

"They're saying that these lines could have as many as 500 people working putting the lines in. That's the temporary side," Orr said.

When completed, the plant will create around 20 permanent jobs.

Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally says the news will be even more positive if the jobs go the local people.

"They need to hire Mahoning Valley residents, they need to hire Ohioans; they can't just be people with special skills from other areas of the country coming in," McNally said.

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