The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Opinion

February 23, 2014

OUR VIEW: Hoping for best for rail project

- — We find ourselves dismayed at times when we learn of other interesting economic developments in areas outside of Mercer County.

It leaves us and others in the county scratching our heads and asking. “Why not here?”

It’s with that backdrop that we wish Sharpsville borough officials and property owner Patrick Zoccole all the best as they begin a study on the feasibility of construction of a rail siding on Zoccole-owned property between West Main Street and the Shenango River in the borough.

Local supporters believe the site could attract gas- and oil-drilling companies. Many other industries could find it an ideal location. The borough’s engineer, Mourice Waltz Planners and Consultants, Sharpsville, and Paul Jannotti of Jannotti Rail Consultants, Warren, Pa., will conduct the study.

Zoccole, owner of DSF Slag located on the eastern end of the site, has spent more than $100,000 mapping and surveying the site and performing other work related to preparing for a siding, all of which will be used in the study, Waltz said.

Zoccole said the potential of the site just to serve the oil and gas industry is unlimited as the area sits on a huge “wet gas” deposit.

“We don’t know where this train is going to take us,” said Borough Manager Kenneth P. Robertson in a Herald story last week by staff writer Joe Pinchot. “We want to be a part of it.”

We hope that train loaded with economic potential finds its way to the borough, which would be a notch in the economic belt of the entire county area.

That way, we can quit scratching and say with a sigh of relief, “We got one.”

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