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MarkWest subsidiary to buy 36-mile Ohio rail line for $3 million

By Bob Downing Published: October 2, 2013

From the Salem News last week:

A tentative agreement has been reached to sell the Columbiana County Port Authority’s railroad to a subsidiary of MarkWest Energy Partners.

The port authority agreed to enter into a deal to sell the railroad to Mule Sidetracks LLC for $3 million.

Port CEO Tracy Drake said Mule Sidetracks is a subsidiary of MarkWest Energy Partners, the company involved in construction of a $500 million natural gas storage, transportation and fractionization facility near Scio in Harrison County.

MarkWest has not yet said what it intends to do with the railroad, Drake said.

The 36-mile former Youngstown & Southern Railroad runs from Boardman through the Columbiana County before ending near Darlington, Pa.

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