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Friday, July 19, 2013

Shale Boom's Impact on Jefferson County Discussed at Forum

From the Tribune Chronicle:
County Engineer Jim Branagan told the group the innovative road-use agreement they negotiated requires the oil and gas industry to do soil borings and other tests, then upgrade them beforehand to ensure the roads they'll be using can handle the heavy rig traffic.
"By upgrading roads (first), we're seeing very little damage," he said, "and we're getting improvements we never could have accomplished with our limited resources."
Over the past two and a half years, he said the industry has spent more than $9 million on road upgrades in Jefferson County.
"That's the kind of benefit we're actually seeing," he said. "I'm very pleased about that. (It could have been) a disaster and it's actually been a real benefit."
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