Several nearby communities are involved in discussions with a subsidiary of a Houston-based driller about a 14-mile pipeline proposed to run from Vienna to Lordstown, officials confirmed.
If approved, a portion of the pipeline would run alongside the lower lake property in Girard. City leaders there listened to a proposal from Halcon Field Services during a caucus meeting last month.
Councilman Joseph Shelby, chairman of building and grounds in Girard, said City Council still is mulling the proposal.
"It's a toss-up, a 50-50 deal," Shelby said about the probability of reaching a deal on the 40-foot easement.
According to Shelby, the pipeline would carry mainly natural gas with a small ecological footprint. Still, he was not enthusiastic when it came to the amount of money offered to Girard for the deal.
"I can't believe what they're offering us," Shelby said. "They're asking something forever and they're offering us a very insignificant."
Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport Director of Aviation Dan Dickten said the Western Reserve Port Authority, the body that governs the airport, approved a lease agreement with Halcon for $25 per linear foot for up to three pipes and a 60-foot-wide easement. Dickten estimates the deal would be worth somewhere in the $250,000 range.
However, officials are waiting for approval by the FAA before the project can be given the go-ahead.
"Halcon is going through an air space study that must be done any time there is potentially new construction on airport ground," Dickten said.
The pipeline will be a minimum of 18 inches under ground, Dickten said, which will begin by crossing Ridge Road, going to the southwest corner of the airport and then traveling east across state Route 193 into Brookfield.
Brookfield township trustees also met with officials from Halcon to discuss a portion of the gas pipeline proposed to run through township property.
Township Trustee Phil Schmidt said the meeting was informational with no final decision made and no action taken by trustees on the matter.
Schmidt said trustees heard what the company proposed to do with running pipelines through different communities.
Areas of Vienna will be used by the proposed pipeline, but Trustee Phil Pegg said he did not have direct knowledge of the negotiations.
"To my knowledge, they haven't talked to us," Pegg said last week.
Halcon has permits or has drilled eight Utica Shale horizontal wells in Trumbull County and three others in Jackson Township, Mahoning County.