Energy & Environment

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia today focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting took place at Chief Logan Conference Center in southern West Virginia. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman. She was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

The meeting addressed regulations stalled in court that put limits on each state’s carbon output. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because the regulations increase stress on the coal industry.


West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Pennsylvania's natural gas is a hot commodity in energy hungry markets throughout the Northeast. But there's some concern that the radioactivity common in the state's shale deposits could be making its way into the gas--and into people's homes as radon. The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant has more.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at Chief Logan Conference Center. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman.

The meeting will address regulations stalled in court that limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants to stem climate change. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because they target coal.

pipeline
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West Virginia regulators are conducting a two-day hearing on Mountaineer Gas Co.'s proposed $45 million natural gas distribution line expansion in the Eastern Panhandle.

The hearing before the state Public Service Commission is set to begin Wednesday in Charleston.

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The Chemical Safety Board voted Wednesday evening to approve the final report and recommendations that were the result of a more than two and a half year investigation into a Charleston chemical leak.

The leak, which was discovered January 9, 2014, spurred a tap water ban for more than 300, 000 West Virginians for as many as ten days.

West Edge Solar
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

The Coalfield Development Corporation took another step Wednesday in the advancement of a solar institute.

At the West Edge Factory in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington, the Coalfield Development Corporation has a solar training program that teaches former coal miners and others how to install solar panels as a possible career path.

Freedom Industries
AP

A board of federal investigators is releasing its findings about a chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 people in West Virginia almost three years ago.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will discuss the results of its investigation into the Freedom Industries spill Wednesday evening. The group's public meeting will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.

Natural Gas, Compressor Station
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DTE Energy Co. plans to spend $1.3 billion for natural gas assets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Detroit-based company announced Monday that an agreement calls for DTE to purchase all of Appalachia Gathering System in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and 40 percent of Stonewall Gas Gathering in West Virginia from energy company M3 Midstream.

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Hikers now have new grounds to trek with the opening of a trail in Beckley.

WVNS-TV reports the Grey Flat Trails, located behind the Paul Cline Memorial Soccer Field, was recently designed by Gary Moorefield.

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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants.

Bill Bissett
marshall.edu

The president of the Kentucky Coal Association is stepping down to lead a regional chamber of commerce in West Virginia.

Bill Bissett will resign at the end of October to become president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. His first day on the job will be Nov. 1.

Little Coal River
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Dozens of volunteers floated down a West Virginia river to remove hundreds of discarded tires over the weekend.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports more than 30 volunteers in kayaks, canoes and flat-bottomed boats retrieved at least 650 tires Saturday afternoon from a 9-mile stretch of the Coal River in Boone County.

Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC

A controversial 300-mile gas pipeline that would cut through Virginia and West Virginia is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Little Blue Run Coal Ash Impoundment
Wiki

The U.S. Senate passed a bill today to address water infrastructure challenges. It also incorporates provisions that affect coal ash regulations.


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
Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

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.

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