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Fox Chapel to expand operations in Stockdale
Fox Chapel Oil Field Services General Manager Dusty Read addresses the directors of the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. Jan. 14. View video of the presentation at wilsoncountynews.com.
Wilson County NewsJanuary 22, 2014 3,911 views 1 comment
The Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) has given the green light for Fox Chapel Oil Field Services to expand its operation in the Stockdale Industrial Park. Fox Chapel is in a lease-to-own contract with the SEDC, and construction of a building is ongoing.
Fox Chapel’s General Manager Dusty Read and Clint Laymon gave an hour-long presentation to the SEDC directors Jan. 14 about adding truck-washing facilities at the site, including an overview of the safety measures they employ. They also answered questions regarding monitoring levels of hydrogen sulfide and sulphur dioxide at the site, safety of the workers, and compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The two stressed that the company has its own hazmat team available, in the event of an accidental sludge spill or gas exposure.
“We are not a [oil/gas] production site,” Read said, adding that monitors are tested daily to ensure hydrogen sulfide is not present. There is a slight chance of exposure. If detected, personnel “close the hatches and contain the risk,” Read said.
Fox Chapel wants to minimize any environmental damage or environmental risk, Laymon said.
Fox Chapel’s capital expansion includes the construction of a large concrete pad, complete with a trough and two 500-barrel fiberglass tanks with berm containment. The facility will serve as a wash area for trucks, utilizing recycled water. Any sludge material or industrial waste will be collected for proper disposal, they said.
This $250,000 to $300,000 investment will meet government standards to be in compliance.
The Fox Chapel representatives said they may exercise a second option -- contracting to dispose of waste properly from other companies -- due to overbuilding their system, which allows them to suit their needs and contract out for others. The company uses green products, with natural ingredients that protect the environment. This will allow them to showcase their facility to interested parties.
The SEDC board approved Fox Chapel to continue its expansion, subject to compliance with city, state, and federal regulations.
A second issue involving Fox Chapel, the signage within the industrial park to promote the business, also was discussed briefly. Fox Chapel intends to place signage, with a stone base, in front of the building. They were directed to coordinate with Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin on this.
Signage for the industrial park itself also was raised.
Director Gary West spoke with Vernon Lambeck and suggested he can construct a pan-formed sign cabinet, in which signs can be added.
Director L.H. West spoke against placement near U.S. 87 and St. Mary’s Street, saying the sign could increase traffic on St. Mary’s Street near the Catholic church. West suggested a location on U.S. 87 and Guerra Street, on property owned by the economic development group or the city.
Bain, after much discussion, directed Gary West to continue working with Lambeck, while the group considers sites for the two signs.
During the meeting, the directors also approved the employment of Johnny Stahl as SEDC administrator. See page 6A for more.
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