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MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — The city of McComb will build a 10,000-foot sewer line to the planned Gateway Industrial Park where an oilfield worker camp and other businesses are expected to be located.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1oMcDMh ) the sewer line will connect to the city's west lagoon.

The cost of the project is estimated at $2.2 million. Pike County supervisors have unofficially pledged $1.6 million from bond proceeds to cover 73 percent of the project if McComb pays the remaining $600,000.

Pike County will buy and develop industrial park land, selling part of it for housing for oilfield workers.

The site totals 110 acres east of Interstate 55. Plans are for 40 acres to be sold CMS Consultants of Metairie, Louisiana, that offers logistical services to the oil and gas industry.

CMS is planning to build a complex with dozens of eight-bed modular housing units, a cafeteria, laundry, recreational facilities and other amenities.

Mayor Whitney Rawlings sees a benefit to the extension.

"It's business growth," Rawlings said. "We're trying to bring additional customers into our water plant. The more customers you've got tied into your plant, the more you're lowering your costs."

Officials are expecting an oil boom that will result in a large population increase and more traffic and the city and county need infrastructure to handle it.

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana. Experts have said the formation could hold 7 billion barrels of oil. Dozens of wells are being drilled in the area.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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