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Calhoun County officials, TransCanada reps break ground for compressor station


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Representatives from the Calhoun County Commission and TransCanada stand in the snow and cold for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the site of the White Oak Compressor Station in Calhoun County. The $94 million station is one of three compressor operations planned in the $2 billion, 165-mile Mountaineer XPress Pipeline. From left, Tim Chambers of TransCanada, Earl Vineyard of TransCanada, Commissioner Michael Hicks, Matthew Franklin of TransCanada, Commissioner Scottie “Chip” Westfall II, Brittany Carns of TransCanada and Commission President Kevin Helmick.
(Submitted photo)

GRANTSVILLE, W.Va.  — Despite cold and snow, Calhoun County commissioners and representatives of a natural gas development company broke ground Tuesday for a $100 million compressor station for the Mountaineer XPress pipeline.

TransCanada, parent company of Columbia Gas Transmission, is building the $2 billion, 165-mile Mountaineer XPress Pipeline from Marshall County to Cabell County that includes the White Oak Compressor Station in Calhoun County and the Mount Olive and Sherwood stations in Jackson and Doddridge counties, respectively. The three stations will cost $300 million, according to the company.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Agency approved the Gulf XPress Pipeline in December. The Mountaineer XPress will go through Marshall, Wetzel, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun, Wirt, Roane, Jackson, Putnam and Cabell counties and will transport natural gas from West Virginia to other U.S. markets.

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