Energy & Environment

Kara Lofton

In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

Ohio River Parkersburg
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More than 50 miles of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers have been designated as a water trail to highlight the recreational options available in Wood County.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau says in a news release that the West Virginia Recreational Trails Advisory Board granted the new designation, which will be celebrated Saturday at the annual Parkersburg Paddlefest event.

Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley ReSource

Researchers in West Virginia and Kansas want to get a better handle on how best to manage millions of barrels of dangerous wastewater produced across the United States by the natural gas industry.

Ken Kendrick
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West Virginia University says more than $1 million in donations will help West Virginia flood victims through a challenge match from Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.

Kendrick is a WVU alumnus. He had said after devastating floods in late June that he would match contributions to the WVU Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman says the company plans to lay off 117 people when it shuts down a Kentucky coal mine in November.

Spokesman Steve Hawkins tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that the company has issued a required 60-day layoff notice at the Process Energy Mine in Pike County, which is set to be closed on Nov. 7.

Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is heading to West Virginia for a series of events about the future of energy and coal.

West Virginia University says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday morning will feature Moniz and draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders.

Utility Workers Union of America

Almost a thousand union gas workers are locked out of their jobs today across the northeast. Picketing in protest began this week and it continues today in 150 locations.


Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

West Virginia University will host an energy forum that features U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

WVU says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday will draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders.

Harrison County
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Federal officials are adding a Clarksburg site to the list of the most serious spots identified for environmental cleanup. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the addition of the North 25th Street Glass and Zinc site to the Superfund National Priorities List.

pipeline
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Dominion's natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries have locked out about 915 union employees in six states over what the company says is the union's refusal to have its members vote on a tentative four-year contract.

Dominion says in a news release that the lockout was effective Wednesday for United Gas Workers Union Local 69 members working at Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission in Ohio, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to visit a West Virginia coal-fired power plant alongside congressional leaders.

Longview Power says Moniz is expected to tour the plant near Morgantown on Monday. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. David McKinley are slated to join.

Coal developers working against the trend of mine closures and bankruptcies say a $90 million investment will enable them to open two new mines in West Virginia and Virginia next year.

The mines would extract metallurgical coal, the type used for steel production. Most metallurgical coal in the U.S. is exported to other countries.

pipeline
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The U.S. Forest Service said it is “highly concerned” about the potential impact a proposed natural gas pipeline could have on a wild brook trout stream in Bath County, Va.

Brian Turner

Residents in the Proctor area of West Virginia are suing one of the nation's largest chlorine producers after a cloud of chlorine gas leaked from a railcar inside a company chemical plant.

Attorney Jim Bordas says Saturday's chlorine leak at the Axiall Corp. plant forced residents from their homes and damaged their properties. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that about 17,000 gallons of chlorine leaked out.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Kanawha County official says some residents have been illegally dumping flood debris.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the information comes less than a week after a flood debris site at the Clendenin park and ride closed.

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Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.

State environmental officials say a failed gasket could have been the cause of a chemical release at the ICL Chemical Plant in Mason County Wednesday afternoon. 

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Officials are investigating the cause of a chlorine leak at a chemical plant near Proctor, West Virginia.

The Intelligencer reports that 33,000 gallons of liquid chlorine leaked Saturday from a railcar inside Axiall Corp.'s Natrium chemical plant. The resulting cloud forced hundreds of people from homes in the area.

Natalie Thompson
http://ohvec.org/

A West Virginia-based environmental group is naming a new leader to replace its executive director, who is retiring.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition announced the departure of Janet Keating and the new role for Natalie Thompson on Monday.

Ernest Moniz
Energy.Gov

Sen. Joe Manchin says U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is accepting his offer to visit his coal-dependent home state of West Virginia.

The West Virginia Democrat says Moniz agreed to visit the Mountain State in September. Additional details for the trip have not been released yet.

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