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Interstate fluid pipeline for Marcellus drilling

 
BEECH BOTTOM, WEST VIRGINIA - Most drivers probably don't notice very much while passing this Beech Bottom site, except for five blue Dragon mixing tanks. That stretch of highway along the Ohio River is an industrialized area with power plants and heavy industry extending for miles along the banks of the Ohio.
 
This new site, marked only with a small sign "Chesapeake Beech Bottom Water Withdrawal & Staging Area" brings questions to mind. Is this strictly a water withdrawal point, or will it also handle Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater? The "mixing" tanks make you wonder, especially since they are sitting on a spill protection mat with raised skirting.
 
Traveling up Route 67 from Route 2 toward Bethany, Pennsylvania, one can see what appears to be the rest of this pipeline plan. Even though signage changes from Chesapeake to Range Resources, the two projects appear to be linked. White plastic pipe is seen at various road and culvert crossings in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The current pipeline appears to end at the Goettel Impoundment Dam along Route 231 (Scenic Drive) within one mile of the intersection with Route 844 (Washington Pike).
   
Dashed-line marks the approximate route
of the 10-mile interstate pipeline.
(Ohio River at top left of map)
Approximate scale:  1" = 2 miles
 
 
Chesapeake Beech Bottom
Water Withdrawal & Staging Area
Chesapeake Energy
Emergency Contact: 1-888-460-0003
 
 
Beech Bottom water withdrawal site
July 29, 2012 aerial photo of the site along the Ohio River
 
 
Black spill matting and containment dam under blue tanks
 
 
Five 'Dragon' 400bbl (400 barrel) mixing tanks on site.
The five tanks combined hold 84,000 gallons
 
 
Pipeline making a stream crossing beside
Route 67 (Bethany Pike) in West Virginia
 
 
Range Resources
WV Water Project
No.: RIB SIC
Permit #6-100188
County: Brooke
 
 
Pipeline continues through field headed east toward Pennsylvania
 
 
Marker stake: RL SPK ZOZ
 
 
Pipeline covering long distances, about 10 miles total
 
 
Pipeline approaching a highway crossing on Rt. 88
 
 
Range Resources
WV Water Project
No.: R/B
Permit #6-100188
County: Brooke
 
 
Segments of pipe for connection across highway
 
 
Headed east, Pennsylvania state line is about 1-mile away
 
 
Pipeline goes back into some recently logged woods
 
 
Pipeline near Pennsylvania state line
 
 
Pennsylvania sign reflects changes but still lists Brooke County, WV
Range Resources
WV Water Pipeline
Permit No. P-10-1 / 05-929
County: Brooke
 
 
Existing storm water culvert under road used for pipeline
 
 
Booster pump situated on hillside
 
 
What is the black pipeline used for?
 
 
Pipeline follows an existing gasline right of way
 
 
Crossing a Pennsylvania hilltop nearing its final destination
 
 
Goettel Impoundment Dam along Rt. 231 near Rt. 844
Note pipeline following woodsline at top of photo
 
 
Plastic pipeline along Goettel Impoundment Dam
 
 
 
  

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