Annual Oil and Gas Expo held in Belmont County

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This year’s Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Expo has wrapped up.

They gathered at the Carnes Center in Belmont County from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

This year, there were more than 131 exhibitors, and more than 2,000 people in attendance.

Exhibitors ranged from gas and oil drilling companies to all kinds of supportive services that spring up to serve the industry.

“The dogs are trained on a special odorant to detect leaks in oil and gas pipelines. So as small as a pinhole leak on a ten, 15, 20-mile line, these dogs are trained to go up and find the exact location of the source of the leak,” said Carla Wagner with K9 Leak Inspection.

“We plan to have at least two rigs in the county this summer, so we always embrace the opportunity to meet with the community, to meet with our industry counterparts, to explain a little about what we’re doing, to learn about services offered by other companies,” said Karen Matusic with XTO Energy.

The event kicked off Tuesday evening with a reception and speakers.

Organizers said it continues to be a sold-out event, year after year.

Exhibitors included contractors, sand providers, rental firms, and towing companies.

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