No mountain, valley or stream has ever stumped Energy Surveys, said the Clarksburg, W.Va.-based company that routes pipelines carrying oil and gas. Roads, on the other hand, can be a little trickier.
“Roads a lot of times just can’t be avoided, because you’re going to have to cross one at one point or another,” said Kurt Newbrough, president.
The Marcellus and Utica shales continue to produce record amounts of natural gas, but the region doesn’t have enough existing pipeline infrastructure to handle the growing supply. More than 10 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of regional pipeline capacity is planned for the Northeast over the next 21 years, according to a study released in March by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.
The land surveying and mapping business, which opened in January, said it has already exceeded its proposed revenue intake by $700,000, pulling in a total of $1.3 million, and has been involved in 150 pipeline projects.
Mr. Newbrough plans to open an office in Washington County within the next month.
“We do a lot of work in Washington County,” he said. “The area would be a nice hub for us geographically.”