|By Bob Weaver|
"Columbia's Mountaineer Xpress compressor station in northern Calhoun will go before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in June for final approval," according to Calhoun Commission President Scottie "Chip" Westfall.
Westfall said actual construction of the $94 million project is expected to begin in November.
Columbia is now owned by TransCanada, the sale of the corporation has slowed the project down.
Commissioner Kevin Helmick said the company has purchased the remote property for the compressor station near the Ritchie County line and that the deed is now listed in Calhoun for taxing purposes.
"It is a disappointment that that the PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) taxation deal that would have helped Calhoun Schools is no longer on the table, but the county should receive about $400,000 annually from the project," Westfall said.
The Calhoun Commission is currently doing the 2017-18 budget, and appears to be facing a shortfall of $60,000-$100,000, the commissioners will again be facing belt-tightening.
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