Energy & Environment

Inside Appalachia
5:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Mixed Feelings About Gas Industry Growth in W.Va, Exploring What's in a Va. Name & More

Credit Roxy Todd

In West Virginia residents are concerned about their water supply as the gas drilling industry expands, 

Scientific jargon is discouraged in Pennsylvania for the sake of climate change education.

And strange symptoms in smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania.

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Natural Resouces
3:53 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Call to Help Wipe Out Invasive Species

Natural Gas
12:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Groups Oppose Oil, Gas Drilling Under Ohio River

Credit Office of the Governor

Environmental and citizen groups are urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to rethink leasing land under the Ohio River for oil and natural gas drilling.

In a letter Wednesday, Ohio and West Virginia groups expressed concerns that the state won't sufficiently safeguard against releases that could harm water supplies.

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Oil & Gas
3:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

What is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

Possible route of the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Credit Dominion Resources

A series of informational gatherings are underway about a proposed 550-mile gas pipeline called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources is sponsoring the events.

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Investigation
1:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

WV DEP Doesn't Know Source of Sheen on Kanawha River, Says It's Not Harmful

Credit Anthony Lewis / WSAZ

Updated on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at 5:17 p.m.

WCHS-TV reports that DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said the agency's emergency response unit checked out the sheen, and believes it is possible it came from a boat, but the agency likely will never know the source for certain.

The DEP doesn't believe the sheen poses any threat to the public, according to their report.

Gillenwater told West Virginia Public Broadcasting that the nearest public drinking water intake is in Huntington along the Ohio River.

Original Post from Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is investigating an oily substance on the Kanawha River, according to WSAZ-TV.

The Charleston television news station reports Kanawha County Emergency Management Director C.W. Sigman says the origin of the substance--and how much of it is present--is currently unknown. 

Sigman says the substance spans the length of the boat dock at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston and there isn't enough of the substance to require a full remediation effort. 

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Chemical Spill
10:24 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Hearing for Elk River Chemical Spill Lawsuit Set for Sept. 2015

  A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won't get a hearing for another year.

The consolidated lawsuit that targets West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical, Yeager Airport and others has a hearing for a motion on class certification on Sept. 25, 2015.

Judge John Copenhaver filed the schedule earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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Energy & Environment
5:45 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Lewis County Lavender Farmer Worried About Fracking

Myra Bonhage-Hale owns La Paix Herb Farm
Credit Roxy Todd

At the end of a 2 and-a-half-mile, single lane road, sits La Paix Herb Farm. Owner Myra Bonhage-Hale is a retired social worker in her 70's. She and her son Bill live here, in a brightly painted, purple homestead that dates back to the 1800's. The house, formerly called the May-Kraus home, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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WFPL
4:12 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Data Shows Resurgence of Most Severe Form of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:05 pm

The most severe form of black lung disease is at levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to new data from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

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Energy & Environment
4:32 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

DEP’s Interactive Gas Well Map... Is Getting More Interesting

Screen shot from West Virginia DEP's interactive oil and gas wells map. Horizontal wells are marked red.
Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The latest figures from the Department of Environmental Protection indicate that there are upwards of 400 horizontal well pads in West Virginia. Sounds pretty straight-forward. What does that mean? How many more will there be?

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Industry
12:33 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Influence Game: Chemical Trade Tries to Shape Regulations

Credit AP

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish federal standards for compounds used in products from household goods to plastic water bottles. But the industry-favored bill would also make it tougher for states to regulate chemicals.

Many states already have acted on their own - and that's what's gotten the industry's attention.

The American Chemical Council, a trade group, spent nearly $6 million on lobbying in the first half of the year, the most recent reporting period.

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Energy
9:22 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Appalachian Power Expands Energy-Saving Programs in W.Va.

Appalachian Power has expanded its energy efficiency programs for West Virginia businesses.

Officials say changes to the programs are making it more flexible than previous energy efficiency programs for commercial and industrial customers.

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Conservation
3:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Party at Coopers Rock, Here's Why

View of the Cheat Canyon from Coopers Rock State Forest
Credit Emily Corio

A ceremony at Cooper’s Rock State Forest just outside of Morgantown celebrates the conservation of 3,800 acres of the Cheat River Canyon dedicated as a state Wildlife Management Area.

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Energy & Environment
1:47 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Va. Officials Announce Opposition to Dominion Pipeline

Credit Dominion

The Nelson County Board of Supervisors has gone on record as opposing a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline.

The News & Advance reports that the board voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a resolution opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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Energy & Environment
12:42 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Longview Power Seeks OK to Settle Pollution Suit

Longview Power Plant.
Credit longviewpower.com

Longview Power has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to settle a lawsuit alleging pollution violations by two subsidiaries.

The federal lawsuit alleges that pollution discharges by Coresco and Mepco exceeded their permits. It also says other pollutants were discharged without a required permit.

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Environmental Regulations
10:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The DEP's Three Categories of Above Ground Storage Tanks

Credit AP

When the legislature passed Senate Bill 373, they mandated the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection create a program to register and inspect all above ground storage tanks, something the state had never done before.

The bill came in response to January's chemical spill in Charleston that left 300,000 people without drinking water for days, but for months storage tanks owners have been left with only some vague guidelines about having their tanks registered and inspected by the dates mandated in law. 

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Possible Job Loss
9:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Patriot Coal Gives Possible Layoff Notice to Miners, Again

Credit Patriot Coal

Patriot Coal is warning hundreds of miners at a Southern West Virginia mine operation that they could lose their jobs. According to a release, Patriot issued the WARN notices at the Corridor G mining complex near Danville.

Pursuant to the WARN Act, the Company gave 60-day notice of potential layoffs to all employees that could be affected.  Patriot warned miners at the same mine, along with others, of possible layoffs back in April 2014.

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Energy
11:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

First of Three Gas Wells Goes Online at WVSU Campus

Credit Steve Shaluta / W.Va. Department of Commerce

  West Virginia State University expects to save $100,000 a year by using natural gas underneath its campus.

One of three natural gas wells planned on the school's Institute campus began production last week. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Spencer-based Reserve Oil & Gas is drilling the second well. The third well is expected to be drilled by the end of the year.

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Energy & Environment
10:45 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Trans Energy Faces Criminal Charges for Pollution

Credit Trans Energy, Inc.

Oil and gas company Trans Energy Inc. faces federal criminal charges for releasing natural gas drilling materials into streams.

An information filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling alleges the St. Marys-based company lacked permits to dump into streams. The charges are misdemeanors.

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Energy
9:20 am
Thu September 4, 2014

W.Va. PSC Sets Hearings on Electricity Rate Hike Request

  State regulators will hold public hearings in October on two FirstEnergy subsidiaries' request for a $151.4 million rate increase.

Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison submitted the request to the Public Service Commission in April. The proposal was amended in June to add costs associated with reading customer meters.

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Energy & Environment
7:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Morrisey Joins Other Attorneys General to Urge Quicker Ruling on EPA Emissions Lawsuit

Credit epa.gov

  Twelve state attorneys general are urging an appeals court to decide quickly on a lawsuit over the legality of proposed carbon emission standards.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced the motion Wednesday at a news conference in Ashland, Kentucky.

Wednesday's filing in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asks for a quicker timeline on a lawsuit saying the federal standards should be thrown out.

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