Officials plan shale fact-finding trip to North Dakota

By Keystone Clearwater Solutions -

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A dozen local officials are heading north this winter to learn how a North Dakota city at ground zero of the shale boom dealt with a rapidly growing population.

The mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre, Ohio, and Marietta, Ohio, hope to apply lessons from Minot, North Dakota, to what the Mid-Ohio Valley’s experience will be if and when an anticipated ethane cracker plant is built in Wood County.

“We’re trying to focus right now on getting ready for a bunch of people to come into the area,” Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said.

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