Mum’s the Word on New Tygart Valley Pipeline in WV

In December, MDN reported that Houston-based Crestwood Midstream will construct a new 16” inch Marcellus gathering pipeline that will run 42 miles through Preston, Taylor and Barbour counties in northeast West Virginia, connecting to Columbia Gas Transmission’s WB Pipeline in Randolph County, WV, delivering Marcellus gas to the Washington, DC and Baltimore markets (see this MDN story).

Even though the new $70 million pipeline, called the Tygart Valley Pipeline, is supposed to be completed by the end of this year, information about its construction has been scarce.

Randolph County officials have not yet been contacted about the pipeline, however.

"That’s something I’ve heard talked about vaguely, but nothing has come before the commission yet," Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor told The Inter-Mountain. "We have not yet been contacted or given any information on that."

"I’ve only heard passing talk about it," said Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris. "I’ve heard nothing official."

Although Mountaineer Keystone is planning to begin its Marcellus Shale drilling program in Barbour, Preston and Taylor counties within months, details on the pipeline are scarce among Barbour County officials as well.

"I haven’t heard anything about it," Barbour County Administrator Chuck Foley told The Inter-Mountain Friday. "Nothing has come before the Barbour County Commission about it so far."

*Elkins (WV) The Inter-Mountain (Feb 13, 2012) – Officials given few details on pipeline