Pipeline to skirt New Waterford

NEW WATERFORD – The mayor of this tiny northeast Columbiana County village told his municipal council last week trucks preparing to install a nearby oil and natural gas pipeline are requesting access to village roads.

The 55-mile Hickory Bend Oil and gas pipeline is expected to cross Columbiana Country from Pennsylvania to Salem Township.

Mayor Shane Patrone said he was informed by GAI consultants that the pipeline would not enter the village, but rather cross to the south and east.

“They wanted to know about permits,” Patrone told council Tuesday.

Last week, GAI Consultants obtained culvert permit applications in Fairfield Township but trustees there wanted more time to review road-use maintenance agreements, or RUMAs, on short notice.

The company wants to use about a half-mile of Main Street to haul excavating equipment and 20-inch pipe through the village that would include traveling over the bridge and clearing the railroad overpass.

Patrone suggested the company post a bond for any damage and explained the company had already video-taped the road.

“They’re hoping to be done by next July (2014),” he said, “in and out within a year.”

Shields is a reporter for the Salem News