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Trustees approve two RUMAs

September 3, 2012
LARRY SHIELDS - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

FRANKLIN SQUARE - Salem Township trustees approved two road use management agreements (RUMAs) on Wednesday, one was for the Maroscher drilling site on Salem-Grange Road.

The site was the center of concern by trustees at the July 28 meeting with Chesapeake Energy and Civil Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (CEAS) officials when it was discussed at length.

To obtain access to the well, Chesapeake proposed through the CEAS that access be made from state Route 558.

Trustee Bill Heston said the RUMA plan that was presented calls for the approach from state Route 45 onto state Route 558 heading east and then turning onto Salem-Grange Road.

"Essentially making a U-turn," Heston said at the July meeting.

He explained the well-site, which has the pad installed, is located approximately a quarter-mile of a mile up Salem-Grange Road from where it splits from state Route 558.

It is up the steeply-graded hill and just across the road from the western edge of a cemetery.

Trustee Chairman John Wilms pointed out the difficulty large trucks would have maneuvering back and forth to the well site and Heston and Trustee Ray Heddleson agreed. Hall said he would mention the suggestion to Chesapeake but cautioned that once Chesapeake makes up its mind, that's it.

Heston said Sunday that Chesapeake didn't seem too concerned, noting the intend on widening Salem-Grange Road on the south side and widen the turn onto it.

"They can't widen it on the cemetery side," he said.

Heston also said truck traffic could approach from the east and go up Salem-Grange road after possibly turning around at the intersection of old state Route 344. "I don't know," he said. "They don't seem concerned and it's a state highway ... they don't seem to see any problem."

Wilms said in July that "trucks will never make the hill."

Trustees also approved a RUMA for a drill site on McCracken Road that will be accessed from Teegarden Road.

Also during the meeting, Constable Dan Valentine advised trustees that a resident called about a scam that has a lady calling from Japan and relating that her husband died and she had $15.2 million for dispense with.

She said the caller advised she would set up the account.

He wanted residents to be aware of the scam.

Larry Shields can be reached at



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