SCIO – Hearings were held in Scio this past week to gather public opinion and answer questions about plans to rezone property for a new fractionation plant.

Sessions were conducted at the Spiker Fire Hall on Monday and Tuesday and continued after this newspaper’s  deadline with North Township Trustees, company officials, residents and local leaders to discuss changing the land’s status from agricultural to manufacturing. Representatives of the Utica of East Ohio Midstream LLC, which includes Chesapeake Energy and Momentum (M3), acquired 600 acres but only plan to utilize a portion of the site along Crimm Road. The facility will be one of two plants formed and the natural gas processing and fractionation complex, known as UEO Buckeye, will serve the developing Utica Shale play in eastern Ohio.

Pictured above, Michael Bertolone, business representative over energy projects for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, looks over a map during a rezoning hearing for the Harrison Hub.

Details of the hearings are featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.