NEW WATERFORD - As general manager for ClearCreek Oilfield Solutions, John Simon oversees more than 20 tanker trucks that head out into the field every day.
The field is part of the vast Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas play which parent company Dynamic Structures Inc. sits atop of at 3790 state Route 7 in New Waterford.
Every day trucks drive into western Pennsylvania and the Washington, Pa., area providing 24/7 service with 110 barrel straight trucks, 130 barrel tractor trailers, dump trucks, TTL trucks, roll-offs with hardtops, tarps and vac boxes.
When they say shale boom around here, Simon can not only say he's seen it, he's a little on the worried side that people in Columbiana County aren't prepared for it.
ClearCreek "handles pretty much anything on the well site," he said, explaining when a drill site makes the call, ClearCreek moves out ... immediately.
"They don't shut down rigs," he said.
Like his boss, Scott McCrea, the CEO of Dynamic Structures Inc., Simon wants to get the word out about what's coming this way when the well sites here start producing.
McCrea guesses it'll be in a year or two. He says there won't be enough people to go around. Or material.
Simon sees another side, noting that Washington, Pa., might have a thousand lodging rooms and the nearest city for spill over is Wheeling, W.Va. It's not enough.
An Expedia.com search listed 44 hotels in Washington, Pa.
"There's not going to be enough motels to go around," he said, about Columbiana County.
"That's going to be a big issue," he said, noting there is the Das Dutch Village Inn in Columbiana.
In Washington, Pa., some people are renting rooms in their houses for $100 a day, he said.
"Most of the people don't see it," said Simon, "Columbiana County isn't ready. Hardware stores will be sold out, rain gear, ma and pa stores will be sold out, everything ..."
It's already hit the Canton area which is taking spillover from Carroll County drilling.
John Matasek, an account executive for manufacturing with the state's One Stop in Boardman, said there is a one-hour wait at restaurants.
Dynamic Structures isn't sitting around. McCrea said they need more truck bays and office space.
"Everyone has their hands full, the phone doesn't quit ringing ... you have to go."
McCrea said Dynamic Structures was a construction company.
"We weren't a trucking company," he said, "we are now."
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