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October 27, 2012

Shale Boom, Part 1: Activity escalating in Lawrence County

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NEW CASTLE — TOWNSHIP HEARING

Hilcorp also has received a conditional use from the township for a well on the property of Rick Kinkela on North Valley View Road, and has applied for conditional uses for two more well sites there as well, according to township records.

The supervisors have scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the municipal building to consider those applications.

Digging for pipeline started Wednesday off Route 551 on the John Thompson farm in Pulaski.

Jake Catlett, working for Ronald Cline Trenching of Arkansas, explained the company’s job is to bore under roads and any property that cannot be cut, in preparation to lay water and natural gas pipelines.

Ronnie Cline, the company owner, was operating a backhoe and explained they had just dug the bore and were putting an easement through. His firm was subcontracted by Hilcorp for the work, he said.

Maps provided to the township by Hilcorp show that is where the Tennessee Gas Pipeline is going through. A Hilcorp representative on site would not provide further details.

DRILLING COUNTYWIDE

Justin Furnace, a Hilcorp spokesman, offered these comments via email about Hilcorp’s work in the area:

“With regard to our operations in the area, we are still in the infancy stage of our growth and development. Right now our operations are largely focused in and around Pulaski Township. We are just now drilling and completing our first wells in the area.”

Regarding future infrastructure development and drilling, he said that will be determined by results of current drilling activity, “but it is way too early to tell.

“We are working now to obtain the necessary permits for additional drilling activity next year but have not decided on which wells we will be drilling,” he said, adding, “We hope to have a better understanding of what the future holds in the next few months. However, without question, we plan to continue to grow our presence in the form of hiring additional contractors and employees in the area.”

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