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Well Planned Near School

Even at a legal distance, officials express concern

August 8, 2013

CAMERON — When Cameron High School students and employees returned to classes on Aug. 1, they may not have realized a natural gas well could soon be drilled just up the hill from campu....

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idliketoknow

Aug-08-13 7:41 AM

"I am concerned about the exit strategy. We need to see some sort of an evacuation plan."

You've got to be kidding me. There is nothing on or being brought to that well pad that could possibly warrant an evacuation of a school over half a mile away.

"What if there is some sort of an explosion? Does that mean we have to stop air flow into our building?"

It's statements like this that fan the flames of hystaria. Mr. Hince has clearly been watching too many movies and listening to too many greenies. A little research could have salvaged his credibility.

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joeknows

Aug-08-13 8:49 AM

A little research would reveal that WV has seen many huge explosions already this year. Research Sistersville or the recent casualties in Doddridge. There have been many more. Truck traffic is a major and valid concern, and emissions from the well sites are hazardous. This poses many unnecessary risks to children. If you can't understand these risks, then who can make the deaf to hear or the blind to see?

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TrollSlayer

Aug-08-13 9:07 AM

Joe, do you have any idea how big the explosion would have to be to injure people a half-mile away? But don't let facts get in the way of your hysteria... LOL

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idliketoknow

Aug-08-13 9:19 AM

"Research Sistersville or the recent casualties in Doddridge."

Gas pipeline explosion. Moving on.

"or the recent casualties in Doddridge."

Workers on site. Moving on.

"There have been many more."

Oh really? Casualties at local schools? Show me. Open my eyes! lol

"Truck traffic is a major and valid concern"

How would this new well create any difference in the current truck traffic along 250? Heres a hint: It won't.

"and emissions from the well sites are hazardous."

More greenie propaganda. Emissions from over half a mile away? CHS would get more hazardous emissions from all the cow s*** in the field down the street.

"This poses many unnecessary risks to children."

Cameron doesn't seem to have a problem with their "children" illegally driving ATV's like maniacs up and down 250, why do they care now?

Your reality is slipping away...

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ImRight

Aug-08-13 9:48 AM

"I don't know if having it there will be detrimental to the school itself, but the real concern is IF something SHOULD happen."

How dare a superintendent be concerns about what could (worse case scenario) happen to his school and students. *Sarcasm

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idliketoknow

Aug-08-13 9:55 AM

ImRight,

So going by that logic, we should set up a patriot missile battery to fend off scud missile attacks too. I mean, it COULD happen! lol

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TrollSlayer

Aug-08-13 10:00 AM

There's probably a gas line leading right to the heating system for that school. It delivers a potentially explosive, toxic, powerful greenhouse gas directly to within a few feet of school children. How parents could expose their children to that type of hazard every day is beyond comprehension. Close that school immediately and sue everybody! Rabble rabble rabble...

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ImRight

Aug-08-13 10:06 AM

Really? That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

See my logic is based on facts. -Fact there is a school. -Fact there is a well site. -Fact its a 1/2 mile from school. -Fact superintendents concern themselves with safety of school and students. -If something did happened and he wasn't prepared, people would be in an uproar.

If there was scud missile site anywhere close to a school, yes I'm sure there would be exit strategy. But there isn't, there is a well. So lets get concern ourselves with reality.

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ImRight

Aug-08-13 10:10 AM

You people act like they are on a mission to shut down the gas well. He wants to know all the issues and problems that could arise and how to deal with them.

And yes, Im sure the school has something set up if that gas line into the school leaked.

Plus maybe he is looking into everything he can do so that, as mentioned, they don't get sued.

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joeknows

Aug-08-13 10:19 AM

Rather, Sissonville. In Sissonville 2012 pipeline explosion the local schools were evacuated, so were local citizens, homes burned, roads blocked to school busses and emergency vehicles that day. pad=pipelines) In fatal Doddridge explosion (july) the local residents were asked to evacuate homes. The school officials should be concerned or else they would be failing at their job. Very rational concerns for an evacuation plan and over truck traffic concerns (ground level ozone along with pad/pipeline emissions may show harmful symptoms in youth who breathe it, immediately, or later in life. Marshall county residents had to evacuate in March. Tyler County fatal explosion = mandatory home evacuation in April. etc etc.etc. there are more concerns than these. what type of people rush to squash these concerns and discredit those who are rationally discussing the kids' overall safety? Change the legal distance. Industrial zones/school zones dont mix.

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idliketoknow

Aug-08-13 10:33 AM

Joeknows,

"pad=pipelines" Sounds like you earned an A grade in your gas industry basics class. By the way, you're wrong and thats ignoring the fact that you are mixing two completely different situations.

"Change the legal distance"

I'm sure a 1000 miles wouldn't make you enviro-dolts happy.

Imright,

I was using an equally ridiculous comparison to the idea that a gas well a half a mile away could cause any issue whatsoever. Sorry you didn't pick up on that. But you know what, now that I think about it, you should never underestimate those camronians. Better get that missile battery ready.

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WVEXPAT

Aug-08-13 11:18 AM

It always a good idea to be aware of any potential risk regardless of the source, but the gas/oil industry is actually safer than most. "The industry does not have to hang its head. In 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.3 incidents of injury and illness per 100 oil and gas workers. That’s compared with 3.5 incidents per 100 for the entire private sector. The U.S. offshore industry experienced an even lower rate of 0.8 incidents per 100 full-time workers." (Forbes)

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Triton

Aug-08-13 11:21 AM

A swell scare article, and we even have an enviro chiming in that pipelines can blow up and so we should not have natural gas at all becaues it travels in piplelines. The Cameron area has been home to gas drilling for nearly 100 years and some of the largest pipelines in the country (Texas Eastern lines) run through Marshall County. The article is just cheap journalism and looking for a pat on the head by greenies. Just 20 yrs ago greens in WV were demanding the end of coal use and the use of natural gas in WV to fuel everything because gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel in the world. But then we actually HAVE It and wheres the fun in that. So we do henny penny scare stories hoping people will forget that gas was the answer to coal henny penny sky is falling, the sky is falling chants just two decades ago. The green movement is about being a pompus superior feeling goof and not about the envirnoment. Spare me the hysteria. Peanut butter has high cholesterol, picket Peter Pa

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TrollSlayer

Aug-08-13 1:52 PM

Here’s a bit of old news: There are already two Marcellus wells about a half mile east of downtown Cameron. Just north of Main Street, near Summit Ave. They have been quietly producing gas since 2011. No explosions yet, but you’d better get right over there with torches and pitchforks, because you just know those wells are ready to blow any minute.

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TrollSlayer

Aug-08-13 1:53 PM

Correction: half mile WEST of downtown Cameron. You get turned around down in the holler...

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TrollSlayer

Aug-08-13 2:07 PM

Great idea to put the well right in the schoolyard. The kids would get to see the rewards of entrepreneurial investment, sound engineering, and steady employment. For many it would be the first time they’re exposed to adults who are earning a living by working for private industry. Can you imagine the increase in the standard of living in that depressed region if the next generation were to take that example to heart, get off the public dole, and make something of themselves?

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Marcellus

Aug-08-13 2:57 PM

No surprise that DROLLSLAYER doesn't know his North & West from a hole in the ground! After crowing how everyone should buy Chesapeake stock, wonder if he saw that Reuters article talking about Chesapeake's "TOWERING DEBT?" Let the fire sale and pull back from New York continue! LOL

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ImRight

Aug-08-13 2:58 PM

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ImRight

Aug-08-13 3:13 PM

Not really sure where in the article they mention anything about going after the well or trying to shut it down. I'm not even sure where in the comments anyone said that. So I'm not sure what this comments about "you’d better get right over there with torches and pitchforks" comes from.

The article does mention how he's concerned about the possibility that something could happen and if it did how the school would react and have an exit strategy.

Funny how people forget to read the article and jump on a superintendent for DOING HIS JOB and looking out for safety.

We live in a time where you idiots will sue over anything, I wonder what you would be saying about this guy if he didn't have a plan and something did happen.

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littlefox

Aug-08-13 6:36 PM

"I am concerned about the exit strategy. We need to see some sort of an evacuation plan."

Not, I'm concerned about "safety," not "I'm concerned about road damage." Just an image of impending poisoning of children and exploding disaster.

Great idea, to plant those seeds in parents' minds, right-off-the-bat. First impressions mean so much you know.

Trans Energy should, withdraw their offer. There's always another location that will work. As far as this location goes, the well is already poisoned.

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TrollSlayer

Aug-08-13 6:58 PM

Hey Marcy. Chesapeake was UP again today. Above $25 a share now. Cha-CHING! LOL

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littlefox

Aug-08-13 8:42 PM

ImRight said "Not really sure where in the article they mention anything about going after the well or trying to shut it down."

If you want to shut a well down, the best way to start is by endorsing doomsday innuendo. Then repeat. Are you sure now?

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BigMike

Aug-08-13 9:31 PM

"Truck traffic is a major and valid concern"

Truck traffic is probably the greatest concern for area residents. And much more likely to risk the lives of school children than a well pad explosion. I have heard reports of drivers being required to drive long hours (in excess of 16 hours per day) trucking companies doing business with the drillers. Which begs the question: Where are local law enforcement and state regulatory agencies?

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wonderwhy

Aug-09-13 2:23 PM

It's too close. People that are IN the industry know. $$ keep things under wraps. The certification for the people that work on the wells, along with truckers, must go thru rigorous safety training. Shell Blue book is an example. Read it. Of course, you'll always have the toolplayers that pretend it is a playground. Half a mile is too close. Otherwise, they wouldn't train workers on 'knockdowns'.

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TrollSlayer

Aug-09-13 3:00 PM

wonderlie, how many of those "knockdowns" have we had at the THOUSANDS of gas wells drilled here in the Ohio Valley over the last DECADE? Here, I'll help. ZERO.

And how many "knockdowns" injured people A HALF MILE AWAY? Anywhere. Ever. I know you need help, so... ZERO.

But keep babbling, because I'm sure there will be low information loons like yourself out there who will nod like the Obama bobbleheads they are. LOL

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