Seismic testing discussed in Beverly

BEVERLY – Village Council moved to adopt a resolution, subject to an amendment, to allow TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company to conduct seismic operations on and along roadways in Beverly and on lands owned by the village Wednesday evening.

Councilman James Ullman said the resolution is for a second survey.

“The initial test was in 1-D,” he said. “What they saw on the first test made them want to come back and do 3-D (imagery).”

City Solicitor Tom Webster suggested adopting the resolution upon amending some of the wording in the contract. He is concerned about the project because a similar project along Ohio 60 caused issues with home foundations and breaks in water lines, he said.

“It doesn’t specifically address the issue of any clay sewer left in the city,” Webster said. “It’s not clear how it affects that particular issue…(I would) change the paragraph to make sure they would agree to pay any damage to old sewer and water lines.”

Webster added that TGS will have about an 18-month period in which they can do work, but there is no language to suggest they will give notice of when work will begin.

“It doesn’t provide any notice provisions as to when they’re going to be working here,” he said. “You may have to notify citizens there may be some traffic issues. If you had (some time) to plan for that, it might make things easier.”

Councilman Jay Arnold said the seismic testing is an important tool for the oil and gas industry.

“It gives them the Marcellus and Utica (layout), how that’s in the ground,” he said. “It helps them when they get ready to drill.”

Ullman said sensors would be placed around where the testing is being done to monitor the activity.

The resolution was adopted, with the amendment that Webster would speak to TGS regarding clarification and wording.

Webster said overall he’s optimistic about the project.

“I have no reason to doubt they’re going to complete the work in good fashion,” he said.

In other business, several streets are slated to be crack sealed, including Fourth, Center, Third, Spring and Hills streets. Ullman said he didn’t have a quote for the work, but the list of streets would be put out to bid soon. He estimates the cost to be less than $50,000.

The council also moved to accept Beverly Police Officer Andrew Schaad’s resignation. It was announced at the last council meeting that Schaad accepted a position in Parkersburg. Chief Mark Sams is currently in the process of interviewing candidates.

Councilman Thad Tucker said April 20 will be Schaad’s last day.

“Hopefully we can get some new officers in here and get things going in the right direction,” he said.