The Eureka Hunter natural gas pipeline has broken ground.

The pipeline runs east from Washington County, Ohio to Marion County, and then goes south to Lewis County and north to Monongalia County, going through eight West Virginia counties.

It will provide 182 miles worth of pipeline to take natural gas to northeastern cities.

"They had 90-some employees in this area," said Roger Weese, an attorney who sold his land to Magnum Hunter Resources to build the pipeline.

"They hired local people just for this project on just this phase of it. So if this continues to grow, this is just the beginning," he said.

"It's a lot of capital coming from another part of the country into this part of the world to drill the Marcellus and get the gas out."

The company says it plans to spend more than $170 million in the area in the next three years, employing West Virginia and Ohio workers, engineers and companies.

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