Pipeline sites moving forward

Photo courtesy of Denise Campbell, community liaison for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Atlantic Coast Pipeline employees work at a staging area in Elkwater, near Huttonsville, in Randolph County Friday as they prepare to lay and weld pipe in the coming weeks in Randolph, Upshur, Pocahontas and Harrison counties.

ELKWATER — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is moving forward rapidly as staging areas and mobile offices are being set up.

Denise Campbell, community liaison for the ACP, said the Elkwater staging area in Randolph County is working toward being completely up and running.

“They have the mobile offices moved in and are working on getting the internet and getting connected to that,” she said. “The yard (in Elkwater) has approximately 150 employees currently.”

Campbell added when the Elkwater yard is running at “full capacity” she anticipates 400 to 500 employees will be at the site.

“The expectation is somewhere between 400 and 500 workers when we reach full capacity,” she said. “Every week there are more people added … within the next four to six weeks it is expected to be running full steam ahead. Every week it just continues to grow.”

Campbell said welders in Randolph County are expected to begin this coming week and the Randolph yard, as well as the Upshur, Pocahontas and Harrison county staging areas, are coming together.

“Everything is moving along very quickly, the yards are in really good shape and we are just trying to get the mobile offices to where all the utilities are available so they can work there,” she said. “We are expecting all that to be completed, if not by this week, by the end of next week so people can start occupying those mobile offices.”

Campbell said that Rockford Construction Company, of Dallas, Texas, is one of four companies assisting with the project and will be working out of the Elkwater yard.

Campbell said that Workforce West Virginia, in Elkins, has applications for laborers unions available for those interested in employment. They will verify identification and send the application to the laborers union in Clarksburg.

Campbell urged individuals not to report to the yard at this time seeking employment as safety concerns could arise.

To speak with officials for Teamsters 175 in Charleston is 304-744-2193. The number for the laborers union in Clarksburg is 304-622-7841.

For more information, Campbell can be contacted at 304-614-4904.

As proposed, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route will begin in Harrison County and travel southeast about 100 miles before crossing into Virginia.

One mile will be located in southwestern Harrison County and about 20 miles will be located in northwest Lewis County.

The proposed pipeline route will include about 23 miles in Upshur County, running south of Buckhannon and Tallmansville; about 30 miles in Randolph County; and about 25 miles in Pocahontas County near Slatyfork and Dunmore. The pipeline will be 42 inches running underground.

Dominion Energy is the company that plans to build and operate the 600-mile pipeline, along with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas.