Saving Gas
4:48 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Fracking Documentarians Tour West Virginia, U.S. Without Using Gasoline

Journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman stand in front of the Model S they will be driving across the country
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A cross-country tour dedicated to spreading awareness about fracking is making its way to West Virginia with an interesting bonus.   

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West Virginia Morning
10:11 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Lawmakers Review Bills from Previous Session, Impact of EPA's New Regulations, Documenting Fracking

  Lawmakers decide to take more time to review bills, as they get called in for a special session. The Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations on carbon emissions from coal fired power plants will be released next week, leaving concerns for many in the industry. Also, a couple from Elkins who specialize in oral histories are taking a look at all sides of fracking. 

Hydraulic Fracturing
8:29 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Companies Beginning to Explore W.Va. Utica Shale

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Oil and natural gas companies with Marcellus Shale operations in the Northern Panhandle are turning their attention more and more to the underlying Utica Shale.

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Energy & Environment
2:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

EPA Seeks Comment on Fracking Chemicals Disclosure

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  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on ways to disclose information about the chemicals used in the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The EPA says in a Friday release that it is also seeking input on incentives and programs that could help develop safer fracking chemicals.

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Underground Injection Well
4:12 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

DEP Orders Fayette County Waste Pit Shutdown, Renews Well Permit

Brown liquid covers the outside of the waste pit on Danny Webb Construction's site. Residents have been concerned the pit is leaking for years.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has renewed a permit for an underground injection well in Fayette County that accepts fracking water and other waste.

A public hearing in 2013 brought concerned residents and former workers of Danny Webb Construction, the owner of the site. Residents have been concerned about the site for years.

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West Virginia Morning
11:14 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Fracking Waste and Other Byproducts, Dunkard Creek Recovers, & Differences in Storage Tank Laws

West Virginia University experts recently reported to the legislature on fracking waste and byproducts after lawmakers called for the study in 2011, Dunkard Creek recovers from a massive fish kill in 2009, and The Allegheny Front breaks down the difference in storage tank laws between West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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11:41 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Frackwater Pit at Risk of Leaking

A pit filled with fracking water and other wastes is at risk of leaking.
Credit Jessica Lilly

A waste pit in Fayette County does not meet the minimum pit and impoundment standards. The pit is filled with fracking water and other waste from oil and gas drilling. The state Department of Environmental Protection asked Danny Webb Construction to come up with an acceptable plan for the pit.

Community members have been concerned about the waste site for years.

The pit is used to remove sediments from waste before being injected into the nearby underground injection well in Lochgelly. The permit for the well expired in October 2012 and remains in the renewal process.

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West Virginia Morning
10:06 am
Tue January 7, 2014

How to Stay Warm in Brutal Cold, Could Fracking Solve Abandoned Mine Water Problems? & More

Lawrence Messina of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety joins Beth Vorhees by phone to discuss the extreme cold and what's being done to keep residents safe, could fracking solve abandoned mine water problems, and West Virginia University's basketball teams begin their second year in the Big 12.

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Ed Fund
3:43 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Kessler Wants Part of Natural Gas Tax for Education

WV Senate Pres. Jeffrey Kessler wants to create a future fund for education despite current budget woes.
Credit WV Legislature

WV Senate President Jeff Kessler says he thinks he has the support of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and WV House Speaker Tim Miley to create a future fund for education and other needs, despite budget woes.

Kessler says the plan would set aside a portion of the severance tax on the state's natural gas industry for the fund. But it wouldn't impose any higher tax rates or affect current government programs.

The plan could infuse more money for future teacher pay raises, infrastructure and other needs.

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Inside Appalachia
7:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Solving Acid Mine Drainage, W.Va. Music Hall of Fame Revisited, Resilient Land and More

There are some innovative ideas in Pennsylvania for cleaning acid mine drainage.

We revisit the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Some resilient West Virginia land is saved from development.

And Way Out in West Virginia goes mobile.

Acid Mine Drainage and Fracking: Abandoned mines leach metals and other pollutants into Pennsylvania's streams. Could fracking be one way to clean up this water? Reid Frazier, of The Allegheny Front, reports.

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Inside Appalachia
8:00 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Air Pollution From Fracking, Mountain Stage Celebrates 30 Years, The Fairfax Stone Story

Folks in fracking country Pennsylvania work on air pollution issues.

Kentucky college students are having a blast- with some mine research.

America’s Test Kitchen has an Appalachian connection.

And we learn about the famed Fairfax Stone.

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Inside Appalachia
4:48 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

ARC entrepreneurial efforts, news about fracking, and the secret to making moonshine

LeRoyal Ealy with his wife Elaine Claiborne and daughter Lajanaye Ealy, 6, live in Geismar, where he works as an electrician. Ealy thinks dangers of explosions and pollution are part of the bargain but Claiborne worries about the long-term effects from pollution released during the Williams Olefins explosion.
Credit Reid R. Frazier / The Allegheny Front

The Appalachian Regional Commission aims to grow entrepreneurship.

The Gulf Coast provides a hint at what good, and bad, can come from a cracker plant planned for Pennsylvania.

A look at just what goes into making Tennessee moonshine.

And one West Virginia man tackles the problem of profound poverty.

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4:41 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Nov. 2, 2013

Scientists have learned flaring of excess gases at petrochemical plants and refineries, like this event in Houston, can be key contributors to ozone pollution.
Credit Reid R. Frazier / The Allegheny Front

How much mine-able coal is left in Appalachia?

An old coal company store in Southern West Virginia has some spooky history.

We revisit the story of the Greenbrier Ghost, through the voices of school children.

And learn how growing a garden benefits women in a Pocahontas County prison facility.

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2:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Oct. 26, 2013

WVU competes in 'jack and jill' cross cut competition.
Credit Brian Allen / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Kentucky prepares to introduce new science education standards.

A report on the effects of natural gas fracking is due out soon.

And we hear from two West Virginia writers with books out just in time for the spooky season.

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WV Morning
10:04 am
Tue September 24, 2013

West Virginia Morning - Sept. 24, 2013

On this WV Morning, high school seniors are reporting feeling inadequate when it comes to college preparedness, the Great Ohio River Relay runs through Huntington, and more.

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