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From pipes in the ground to rails across it
New drilling technologies lead to production that requires long used transportation options
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Fractionator in early stage of constrcution...near Scio in Harrison County
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In The Region:
Investment in the Utica Shale play is gathering new momentum via old rail lines.

WKSU's Tim Rudell has more on energy companies spending big to revive some all-but-forgotten parts of Ohio's once massive transportation infrastructure
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Three mid-streamers — companies supporting energy explorers — are making plans for loading-and-storage services for the oil and gas business at old railroad sites in eastern Ohio. 

Salt Lake City supply chain specialist Savage Services will operate from Ohio Commerce CenterOhio Commerce Center…the old rail yard near Lordstown.    

Last week Houston-based Halcon Resources committed to a $70 milliion investment also at Ohio Commerce Center.  

Now Crosstex Energy of Dallas has bought Black Run rail terminal between Coshocton and Zanesville in a deal that includes 200 miles of gas and oil collection lines and a river port facility at Marietta.   

Black Run
Paul Weissgarber  of Crosstex says Black Run was built as an oil shipping facility, albeit a hundred years ago in Ohio’s first energy boom. So, though modifications are needed, the structure is there, as are the people.

"A good thing for us was being able to start with 180 local workers.  We’re actively hiring more people now…and we’d hire even more if we could find them faster."  

Crosstex plans to double the rail terminal’s twenty eight thousand barrels per day capacity,  


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