Note: This news post was first published as a feature story in the 2012 WV Oil and Gas Expo event directory. Anderson Excavating will be sponsoring the 2013 event, which will be held on October 2, 2013. Please visit the WV Oil and Gas Expo website to learn more about the event. If you come to the event, be sure to visit Anderson excavating at Booth #13!
Natural gas drilling is typically associated with subterranean activity-however, it is easily overlooked that a lot of "earth" has to be moved at the surface before the drill even touches the ground.
Land needs cleared. Access roads need to be constructed. The well pad area must be leveled. Fresh water impoundments need to be created. Typically this phase of natural gas production falls to excavators who are essential partners in the actual construction and ongoing operation of the drilling site. As the shale gas industry continues to grow, so too does the demand for excavators. In West Virginia, this niche industry has begun to reap the rewards brought on by increased natural gas drilling, resulting from the intertwining of the Marcellus Shale gas industry with the state’s economy.
Excavators have always enjoyed a strong connection to the heavy manufacturing and mining base that has run through West Virginia’s history. For more than a century the work of excavating contractors has been tethered to the traditional coal, oil, and gas market. However, a new era of natural gas production ushered in by fracking technology has shifted their customer base.
Rodney Anderson, owner of Anderson Excavating, LLC, noticed industry trends shifting as the fracking boom was taking hold and saw a large amount of work opportunities due to the Marcellus Shale business. His company decided to focus on this industry, and in his words, "we’ve never looked back."
"Although it has been stressful and trying at times, we feel that it was one of the best decisions we have made," says Anderson. "Although we may have gotten into the market a little later than others, we have rapidly increased our presence and customer base." It has proved to be a profitable revenue stream for Anderson. "Our revenue has increased by 50%, which has allowed for additional pay and benefits for employees," Anderson says. "It has allowed us to make additional investments in quality equipment and tools. The shale gas industry has also increased the focus on environmental and safety policies. This has allowed us to provide additional training and educational experiences for our employees and staff."
Anderson acknowledges that it is a stressful, deadline-driven environment demanding speed and adaptability. "One of the many things that we learned early on was that the gas & oil industry is a 24/7 industry. Adherence to deadlines is absolutely critical. Goals and priorities are ever-changing and must be adapted to rapidly," he states. "Just when you think a daily schedule is completed, one phone call changes it all. It takes dedicated managers and employees to respond to the needs of gas & oil producers."
Anderson added a list of further projects undertaken by contractors. "Freshwater storage impoundments and water transfer lines need to be built, and site reclamation services put in place. This includes fire suppression systems, vapor recovery projects, railroad and loading facilities. Hydroseeding, revegetation, erosion, and sediment control are all in the realm of what we do on-site." Despite the financial rewards to be gained, excavation is not a business without challenges or impediments to growth. Given these challenges, he believes that facing the excavating business will adapt to the ever-changing economic, political, and regulatory forces.
"We are certainly prepared for additional growth in the Marcellus and Utica Shale," Anderson says confidently. "It is not our philosophy to speculate on the price or demand of gas. It is our policy to react to the ever-changing needs of our customers. We have an opportunistic view of the future and the growth of our company. We will continue to grow and if work increases or decreases we will adapt accordingly."
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