Chireno learns name of corporate neighbor

CHIRENO, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - bio | email

CHIRENO, TX (KTRE) - Select Energy Services and two sister companies plan to locate on a 55 acre site just off of Highway 21 near Chireno. The Gainesville, Texas oil and gas service company wants to finish the job by the end of the second quarter of 2011.

Construction crews describe it as a "huge yard." It will have to be. It will serve nine service lines and their office work. That means lots of heavy hauling, well testing, field services and administrative functions.

"They do roads, pads, pipeline work. Basically, the construction end of the work that's done for the gas industry," explained Ed Pool, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) chairman. "They'll initially have about 125 jobs and they'll add two more sister companies that will total about 250 jobs once it's done."

The county is proposing the site be declared a reinvestment zone. A hearing is scheduled for October 26. If approved it could lead to a possible tax abatement. The thing offered to companies to attract the good paying jobs.

"They're $45,000 per employee," said Pool. "They're new, permanent jobs. Most are technical jobs, so we're hoping for a good relationship with our proposed technical school."

Brush piles are smoking from the site. The gas industry and business at Chireno Grocery Market Cafe are also smoking. Gas line workers have been spending their earnings at local businesses.

"We're the only store in town and they've already been in here since January," said Robbie Pinkston, the store's owner. "Business has been fantastic. We've really been booming."

Not all property owners welcome the signs of change and growth. Some property owners object to condemnation orders filed by some gas explorers, heavy truck traffic, and concerns over environmental issues.

Perhaps Mike Clayton, Regional VP of Operations senses that. He stated in a prepared press release, "Select is committed to working with our local communities and being good stewards of the environment."

"If they do what they say they're going to do they'll be well ahead of what's currently being done," said Pool. He noted the company is investigating how to utilize an aquifer that isn't good for water consumption, but satisfactory for gas exploration. If successful no strain will be put on an aquifer used to supply water for homes.

If a tax abatement is successful concerned taxpayers will hold the company to their word.

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