Gas Drilling

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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Natural Gas Drilling
2:31 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

WV DEP Investigating Tank Rupture in Doddridge County

A tank ruptured at a gas drilling site last week in Doddridge County.
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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is still investigating the cause of a tank rupture at a gas well site in Doddridge County last week.

A tank ruptured at an Antero Resources gas drilling site last Friday, causing a small blast. Although no injuries or fire were reported, investigators are trying to figure out what exactly happened. The tank was holding hydraulic fracturing flowback water, says DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater.

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Energy & Environment
4:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Still No Decision on Possible UIC Well Near Decker's Creek

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Energy Corporation of America still hasn’t made a final decision on whether to turn a natural gas well near Decker’s Creek in northern West Virginia into an underground injection well.

ECA hasn’t completed all of its investigation, says ECA spokeswoman Jennifer Viewig. ECA has an old well in Preston County near the water body Decker’s Creek. It’s looking to turn that site into what would be a Class Two Underground Injection Well. That means it would accept brine water and fluids from natural gas drilling operations and inject it into the ground there.

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Economy
4:05 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Report: W.Va. Taxes Natural Gas Drilling Four Times as Much as Pa.

A natural gas operation in Warren, PA.
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A new report from a nonpartisan office of the Pennsylvania Legislature says its state's taxes on the natural gas drilling boom are among the lowest in the nation.

The figures released Thursday by the Independent Fiscal Office found that Pennsylvania is the only state with significant production that doesn't impose a severance tax based on the volume of gas produced.

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Gas Well Fire
9:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Pa. Environmental Officials Hope to Have Well Controlled By End of Week

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials say they hope the gas well that went up in flames last week can be controlled by Friday.

"Obviously, there's a number of contingencies that could occur, from weather, to unanticipated problems," said Scott Perry, spokesman for the DEP.

A fire last week caused significant damage to a gas well that had been hydraulically fractured. It's just north of the West Virginia border.

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West Virginia Morning
8:43 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Remembering Poets From Years Past, Gas Well Control, Legislative Coverage

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia University professor is keeping the memory alive of some poets who honored African American civil rights.

Also, an update on the gas well explosion in Pennsylvania, just north of the West Virginia border.

Those stories and more!

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West Virginia Morning
10:01 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Legislature Deals with Gas Worker Safety and Mental Health of Veterans, Snowtubing, & More

On this West Virginia Morning, we cover several energy stories from the latest on the gas well explosion in Pennsylvania to what the West Virginia Legislature is considering to help protect gas well workers. Also, solar energy discussions, and a ride on a snowtube.

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The Legislature Today
11:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Veterans and PTSD, Firefighters and Gas Drilling Sites, & Marshall University Pres. Dr. Stephen Kopp

A 2012 study finds that many of the state’s veterans report suffering from symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and 20% reported giving serious thought to suicide. The Senate discusses firefighters who respond to well site fires and explosions. Marshall University president Dr. Stephen Kopp talks finances, the privatizing of public education and more.

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Environment
2:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Taylor Co. Drill Site Blast Leads to Pollution Violation

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State regulators have issued a pollution violation notice to an oil and gas drilling company following a tank explosion at a Tyler County well site.
 
     The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the tank ruptured on Jan. 2 at Jay-Bee Oil & Gas' Lisby gas well pad. Fluid leaked from the tank onto grounds surrounding the well pad.
 

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Gas Drilling
10:11 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Energy Corporation of America Still Gathering Information on Possible Injection Well

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Energy Corporation of America still hasn’t decided whether to turn one of its former gas wells in northern West Virginia into an underground injection well.

ECA is thinking about putting an underground injection well in Preston County, near Decker’s Creek. The company is still investigating this proposal and hasn’t come to a conclusion about what it will do.

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