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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Businesses Gearing Up To Supply Marcellus Gas Drilling

More natural gas industry-related business on way

By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - Another business related to the natural gas drilling industry is coming to a location near here this fall, following action at a Delmar Township zoning hearing board meeting.

Arthur Stewart, owner-operator of D and I Silica, headquartered in Sheffield, approached the board with a request for a special exception to operate a hydrofracturing sand trans-loading facility on 6.5 acres on Dresser Road near the railroad grade, about one half mile north of the Tioga Central Railroad excursion train station.

"It will be visible from the excursion train. It will look like a silo next to a barn," he said.

Stewart said the sand is needed in the hydrofracturing process to hold open the cracks created by a highly pressurized water mixture the gas industry uses to release the natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale deep below the ground surface. More...

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