Gas Drilling Support Center Coming to Horseheads

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2009 at 11:17 PM EDT

A gas drilling support center is officially coming to Chemung County.

Schlumberger was approved tonight by Horseheads village leaders.

And while many environmental concerns were cleared up...

Action News Reporter Leigh Dana tells us some are still hesitant about the project.

"Little 'ol sleepy hollow Horseheads is now on the map," says Village of Horseheads Mayor Donald Zeigler.

After months of study and debate, Schlumberger is coming to Horseheads.

"We need new industry in Chemung County and these guys have a really good track record. They're one of the top 500 greenest companies in America and I couldn't be happier that this project has been approved," says Michael Sincock of Pine City.

The village board unanimously gave the gas drilling support center the green light Thursday night.

It will open an 88 acre site here in Horseheads.

And is expected to bring 300 jobs to the area.

"What we're looking forward to now is the economic boom. Houses are going. Some of their staff is coming in. They're hiring people who have been laid off," says Mayor Zeigler.

75% of Schlumberger's workforce will come from the Horseheads area.

But this promising project still has some people worried about the environment, even after the Mayor cleared up their concerns.

"I just wanted to see if they had someone there that was going to monitor this 24 hours a day because they're working in the middle of the night up there. And they can easily contaminate," says Tess Banfield of Horseheads.

Potential leaks getting into the water supply was an issue.

But the Mayor says chemicals will not be flushed on site.

And explosives should never exceed 500 pounds and will be contained within Schlumberger gate's.

In Horseheads, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

The Village still needs Chemung County's approval on its storm water pollution prevention plan.

It anticipates construction to begin in about 3 weeks.

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