Changing Landscape in Ohio as Pipeline Activity Increases

From The Intelligencer:
Six days a week, Patricia Jinks sends off husband Randall to help build and connect the pipelines that will transport Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas through northern West Virginia.
For some, living in an RV in the recently opened campground along National Road between Triadelphia and Valley Grove may not seem very appealing. But for the Beaumont, Texas-based Jinks family, which has earned a living building pipelines across the country for almost 30 years, it is just a way of life.
Randall "has worked in the Bakken Shale up in North Dakota, so we were up there awhile back. This is a little bit different than that," Patricia Jinks said. "I hope you all don't have too bad of a winter here.

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Though her full-time home is in Beaumont, Texas, Patricia Jinks is now staying in the RV campground along National Road between Triadelphia and Valley Grove with her husband, Randall Jinks, who has been a natural gas pipeliner for about 30 years. Here, Patricia prepares to cook dinner on her grill alongside the RV.
"Most of the pipeline people are family-oriented. We are just like anybody else - this is just what we do for a living," she added.
The work Randall Jinks and hundreds more pipeliners are doing in the Triadelphia and Valley Grove area has led to quite a change in scenery for local residents.
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