By AMY GAREIS  News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – The prospect of a major natural gas processing facility in Harrison County drew local business leaders to learn more at the Cadiz Business Association meeting on Wednesday.

Mike Sliva, president of the Cadiz Community Improvement Corp., addressed business and community leaders about MarkWest Energy Partners’ plans for the area.  An undisclosed site is being eyed to develop one of two natural gas processing facilities in the area and could add hundreds of jobs. The Colorado-based company is planning to form facilities to handle natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil at two processing plants in Harrison and Monroe counties. Harrison’s plant would be considerably larger than the Monroe venue and centered on 200 acres of land.  Both plants would create about 700 construction jobs and 40 full-time, long-term company positions in 2013, and that’s just for starters.

Sliva noted that construction would move swiftly after ground is broken and gas production would begin within 120 days, while different types of processing would occur as the plant expands.

Check this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald for more details.

News-Herald photo/AMY GAREIS