Many Wellsville residents might have noticed the long string of rail cars parked at the Wellsville Terminal rail siding in the lower end of town. The cars are loaded with large diameter pipe. It's a sign of things to come.
The string of cars were delivered this past Tuesday. Workmen on the scene told us Tuesday the pipe was shipped in by rail from Alabama. From there the pipe is loaded on trucks and sent to a staging area in Steubenville. They are destined to drilling locations related to the Marcellus Shale activity in the region.
We have also been told that the orange colored gizmo hanging on the crane is an electric magnet. As seen in the picture here it picks up the pipe from the rail car and transfers it to a truck trailer. The tractor trailer is behind the mound of dirt and can not be seen in the photo.
According to Wellsville Terminal officials they have a contract with a company to use their siding. A stipulation in the contract restricts the unloading & reloading only between the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM. The company that has the contract with Wellsville Terminals has their own employees working on the scene. The pipe is specially treated for use in the gas industry.
It's a sign of things to come in our area as the Marcellus & Utica drilling gets underway in the region. Even though there are only a few employees used in this operation it will add to Wellsville coffers when the Village Income Tax is withheld.
The Wellsville Terminal official we spoke to declined to name the company holding the contract.