State funds expansion of Buckeye Transfer operations

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has approved a $350,000 loan to Buckeye Transfer Realty LLC to fund the expansion of the company’s trans-loading operation in Columbiana County. Hannah News Service reports the money will be used to pay for 980 feet of additional track to allow the company to handle more sand used in hydraulic fracturing operations by the oil and natural gas industry as well as hydrochloric acid used in fracking. A Buckeye Transfer official said the track has already been installed and the first cars were placed on it on July 16.