Cameron High School braces for more well pads

  • TransEnergy has submitted a request to the Department of Environmental Protection for a permit to drill a well just over 3,600 feet from the new Cameron High School building, with the possibility it may in place by spring. Photo: Jeremy Buckingham

August 26, 2013

By Glynis Board

The natural gas boom is continuing to sound in a big way throughout the northern panhandle. Some analysts estimate gas production from West Virginia will increase by about 50 percent this year. That means more neighborhood drill pads throughout the northern counties. Residents, businesses and schools are adjusting their lives. Cameron High School in Marshall County is one school trying to make the best of a changing landscape.

Cameron, WV. It’s one of those towns that isn’t close to anything—if you’re there accidentally, you’re lost. But visit this remote town these days and you’re likely to end up in traffic jams all along the twisting, turning ridge-top roads that you have to take to get there. Traffic jams largely on account of the heavy machinery that’s winding its way throughout the county, setting up one natural gas horizontal well drill pad after the next. But then, all of a sudden, you’ll come to a huge and modern shining building up on a hill. Cameron High School. Looks like it dropped out of a space ship—albeit a very large space ship.

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