[caption id="attachment_11359" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/County-Commission.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-11359" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/02\/County-Commission-300x152.jpg" alt="Seats were at a premium in the county commission room Tuesday as residents settled in to hear discussion on particular issues. One issue with many voices dealt with the Glady Gas storage field. Hillsboro resident Beth Little was on the agenda to present her research, and Dominion and Columbia Gas Transmission representatives were on hand to answer questions and provide information. C. Moore photo" width="300" height="152" \/><\/a> Seats were at a premium in the county commission room Tuesday as residents settled in to hear discussion on particular issues. One issue with many voices dealt with the Glady Gas storage field. Hillsboro resident Beth Little was on the agenda to present her research, and Dominion and Columbia Gas Transmission representatives were on hand to answer questions and provide information. <em>C. Moore photo<\/em>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nSeats were hard to find at Tuesday's Pocahontas County Commission meeting as Honorable Judge James J. Rowe, along with Greenbrier County Day Report Director Laura Legg and Chief Probation Officer for the 11th Circuit Tonya Hoover, appeared before the commission to discuss separating the Pocahontas County Community Corrections program from Randolph County and a possible participation with the Greenbrier County Community Corrections program for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year.\r\n\r\n\u201cI've been working very closely with the Greenbrier County Day Report program,\u201d Rowe said, \u201cand in my work, I've encountered a lot of difficulty with Day Report here in this county.\r\n\r\n\u201cI'm here today to ask if, rather than duplicate services with Randolph County, whether or not the Pocahontas County Commission would be willing to work with the Greenbrier County Day Report and let them assume responsibility of the entire Day Report aspect of community corrections here.\u201d\r\n\r\nDue to discrepancies, other department ties have been severed with the Randolph County program, and at the request of the Supreme Court, the Greenbrier County Day Report Center has expressed a willingness to take over their services, effective February 1.\r\n\r\nIf the commission were to accept Rowe's proposal, the Pocahontas County Community Corrections program would take on a model similar to that in Greenbrier County. Positions will be advertised within the county, and a panel would interview each applicant.\r\n\r\nFifteen - 16 different group therapies would be held per week, along with individual therapy, and transportation to each appointment would be available for those who need it \u2013 as well as other services.\r\n\r\n\u201cI see numerous advantages to going with the Greenbrier County program,\u201d commissioner David McLaughlin said. \u201cWith a termination from Randolph County, we can't sit around for too long.\u201d\r\n\r\nCommission president Bill Beard moved to draft a Memorandum of Understanding in order to work with the Greenbrier County Day Report Center and Drug Court for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year. The motion passed unanimously.\r\n<p style="text-align: center"><strong><em>Glady Gas Storage Field<\/em> <\/strong><\/p>\r\nA recent gas leak in southern California raised concern for Hillsboro resident Beth Little \u2013 Little's daughter lives within miles of the California well. This prompted Little to look into the gas storage field located in the northern end of Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\nAccording to her research, the Glady Gas Storage Field houses 53 wells \u2013 16 of which are from the late 1950s and mid-1960s, \u2013 and Little believes it is around the time a well hits 50 or 60 years old that deterioration becomes an issue.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is just a bunch of information to let you gentlemen know that this is up there,\u201d Little said, \u201cand I guess my biggest questions concern the casing, the cement jobs, and how good they are. Like the Boy Scout motto, I'd rather be prepared.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo add to the conversation, three representatives from Dominion Transmission and one from Columbia Transmission attended Tuesday's meeting, as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cDominion is one of the largest storage operators in the United States, and we've taken a lot of steps to upgrade our original production wells,\u201d Dominion Transmission Storage Operations director John Love said. \u201cThese were depleted fields that were originally developed for production. The original native gas was produced out, and then after careful geologic consideration, certain areas were selected for development for gas storage. The wells were then reworked with casing, rerun, cemented and developed for gas storage back when the fields were developed.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe reason we have storage is \u2013 what everyone realizes is, in periods of low gas usage in the summer, gas is injected into the storage fields to store it for those winter peak times when the gas is more needed to meet high volume loads and commercial needs for our customers.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo ensure the integrity and safety of their storage fields, Dominion runs periodic logs \u2013 electronic downhole logs \u2013 to test the integrity of the casing and to look for internal and\/or external corrosion.\r\n\r\nThe company conducts regular inspections of their wells by physically looking at the well heads, visiting the site, conducting daily fly-over checks, and looking for any venting of gas or leaks to ensure that they are up-to-date on well conditions.\r\n\r\nDominion Gas Control and Operations team look for differences \u2013 anything that would look unusual \u2013 in the wells by monitoring pressure for anomalies, as well as conducting smart pig checks every seven years.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey are computerized, robotic devices you insert inside the pipe,\u201d Dominion's Technical Consultant Bob Ordoeff explained. \u201cThey take various, millions and millions of data points where it shows protection, weld integrity, wall thickness and anomalies in the pipes.\u201d\r\n\r\nOnce the pig has been removed, readings can inform Dominion, within inches, where an anomaly might have occurred and allows them to dig up, test and replace a pipe if necessary.\r\n\r\nColumbia Gas Transmission representative Brittany Carnes spoke on the CGT maintained and operated Glady Storage Field, as well. \u201cIn addition to what John said, we have integrity monitoring \u2013 also known as Magnetic Flux Leakage monitoring,\u201d she explained. \u201cIt's a tool that goes down our vertical lines as a proactive measure, rather than a reactive one, to look for any indicators of lines needing repairs.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs the time slot came to an end, McLaughlin took a moment to thank Little for her efforts: \u201cI didn't know anything about the Glady field, and I appreciate you looking after us.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn other news:\r\n<ul>\r\n\t<li>John Simmons presented the Pocahontas County Senior Citizens Center's annual update to the commission.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>The commission approved the cancellation of the Prosecuting Attorney Office's current lease with ReCo and agreed to enter into a new lease agreement\/contract with Hart Office Solutions, effective immediately.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>The commission voted to allow Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation Director Lauren Bennett to transfer the 2013 Skate Park contribution funding of $2272.79 to the Marlinton Wellness Center for the purchase of a new treadmill.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>BJ Gudmundsson approached the commission on behalf of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation to request funding for window restoration. The commission agreed to contribute $4,800 to the Foundation for the restoration of windows in the Sydenstricker House.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>The commission adopted the Emergency Absentee Voting Procedures Policy to be used in the May 10, 2016 Primary Election.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>The commission agreed to enter into a contract with West Virginia Interactive for the purpose of the Electronic Transactions Agreement and authorized commission president William Beard to affix his signature to the contract.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>Dave Dragan was appointed to the Pocahontas County Public Service District Board for an unexpired six-year term, ending June 30, 2021.<\/li>\r\n\t<li>Due to Pocahontas County's partnership with the Randolph County Community Corrections program, the commission was unable to appoint a temporary Pocahontas Day Report Director at this time.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nThe next regular County Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m.