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Natural Gas
10:14 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Industry Backed Bill Could Force Mineral Owners to Sell

President of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Kevin Ellis presented the bill to lawmakers during a November interim meeting.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As lawmakers return to town this week for their final interim session of 2014, they'll learn more about a practice in the natural gas industry companies want them to approve through legislation: forced pooling.

Kevin Ellis, president of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, explained to lawmakers during a November meeting, when companies prepare to drill a well they create a giant rectangle of land parcels and then negotiate with each mineral owner within that rectangle for their gas rights.

By pooling these owners together, companies can drill a well and then pay out mineral owners proportionally by land acreage for the gas produced.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Republicans Pledge to Work Together

On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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3:13 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Governor's Trip to Brazil to Focus on Ethane Cracker Plant

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will lead a trade mission to Brazil next week to continue talks with two companies who plan to bring an ethane cracker to the state. 

Tomblin and members of the West Virginia Development Office will meet with executives from Odebrecht and Braskem while on the four day trip to the South American country, focusing on the next steps for Project ASCENT.

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Energy & Environment
1:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Radiation Detectors Nearly Set at W.Va. Landfills

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  A state Department of Environmental Protection official says the installation of detectors is nearly complete at six West Virginia landfills that will accept low-level radioactive drilling waste from natural gas operations.

Legislation passed earlier this year required radiation monitoring of drill cuttings sent to landfills and overturned tonnage limits for those particular landfills.

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Energy & Environment
9:23 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Natural Gas Production Soars in W.Va.'s Northern Panhandle

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  Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Wetzel County's production jumped from 9.6 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 114.7 billion cubic feet in 2013.

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2:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Law Works - Problems of Marcellus Drilling

The only weekly television series that deals with legal issues of concern to citizens across West Virginia.

There is great excitement in West Virginia, and elsewhere, about the Marcellus Shale gas boom. But not all of the excitement is celebratory.  Some people are very worried and concerned. We’ll talk about the problems of Marcellus drilling - and we’ll take your calls live on the air. Thursday night, September 25, at 8:00pm, on a special hour long The Law Works.

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Energy & Environment
4:13 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Jane Lew Meeting Leaves Some Wondering, and Some Concerned, About Future Drilling

CONSOL's proposed and planned wells for Lewis County
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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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Natural Gas
2:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dominion Announces Partnership to Build W.Va. Pipeline

Credit Dominion

Dominion Resources officially announced a new partnership Tuesday that will pump billions of cubic feet of natural gas a day out of West Virginia. That is if a federal regulatory commission approves the project.

The nearly $5 billion project has Dominion Resources teaming up with North Carolina’s Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas as well as Atlanta-based AGL Resources to lay 550 miles of pipeline.

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Energy & Environment
12:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

New Natural Gas Pipeline Planned for West Virginia, Ohio

Credit Columbia Pipeline Group

 A company is planning a $1.75 billion project that includes laying 160 miles of natural gas pipeline in West Virginia and Ohio.

Columbia Pipeline Group announced the investment in a news release Tuesday. The proposal would help transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Columbia expects to start construction in fall 2016 before putting the pipeline in service in the second half of 2017. It will support natural gas development in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

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Natural Gas
6:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Marcellus Shale Production Hits New High

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Federal energy experts say Marcellus Shale natural gas production has hit an all-time high.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that production from West Virginia and Pennsylvania totaled about 15 billion cubic feet per day in July. That's more than seven times the 2010 production.

The Marcellus Shale generally lies about a mile or more underground, and is the most productive natural gas field in the U.S. At current rates the total yearly production is the energy equivalent of about 800 million barrels of oil.

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2:29 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Atlas Resource Buys Gas Assets in W.Va., Va.

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 A Pittsburgh company has completed its acquisition of natural gas assets in West Virginia and Virginia.

Atlas Resource Partners says it bought the long-lived, shallow decline natural gas production from GeoMet Inc. and its subsidiaries for $107 million. The deal has an effective date of Jan. 1, 2014.

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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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Natural Gas
10:42 am
Thu May 8, 2014

New Gas Processing Facilities Slated for Construction

MarkWest facility in Doddridge County, 2013


MarkWest Energy Partners says it will expand two cryogenic gas processing complexes in West Virginia.

Denver-based MarkWest says in a news release that it plans to construct two new natural gas processing plants, one at the Sherwood complex in Doddridge County and one at the Mobley complex in Wetzel County.

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West Virginia Morning
9:55 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Pennsylvanians Rally for Shale, Morel Mushrooms, Wildflowers Spring Up

Thousands of supporters of natural gas development marched to the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania yesterday to show support for that state's booming Marcellus Shale industry. It's peak season for morel mushrooms throughout Appalachia and the West Virginia Wild Pickers Facebook page is getting a lot of traffic of people sharing stories and photos from their adventures foraging.  Also, wildflowers begin to spring up in the area and guides at Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania help show those interested the landscape.

Natural Gas Drilling
5:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Energy Corporation of America Won't Pursue UIC Project In Preston Co.

Credit Energy Corporation of America

Energy Corporation of America says they won't be planning to put an underground injection well in Preston County, following months of investigation into the project by the company.

ECA was looking to turn an old natural gas well near Masontown into a Class II Underground Injection Well. That would have essentially taken water from hydraulic fracturing processes and injected it in the ground there.

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Energy & Environment
10:22 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Antero to Supply Proposed W.Va. Cracker Plant

The proposed site of the cracker plant is the former Sabic facility located in Washington, Wood Co.
Credit David M. Mistich

Antero Resources says it will be the anchor ethane supplier for a proposed cracker plant in West Virginia.
Antero announced an agreement on Wednesday to provide 30,000 barrels of ethane a day to the plant, if it's built.
Brazilian petrochemical giant Odebrecht is exploring the possibility of building the ethane cracker and three polyethylene plants in Wood County. The complex would be known as Ascent, which stands for Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise.

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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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West Virginia Morning
11:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

California Students Dig Into Coal and Gas Industries, Brownfield Grant Improves Middleway, & More

Ten students from San Francisco are traveling around the area learning about the coal and gas industries thanks to an immersion trip taking place through Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute. Brownfield grants help improve the historic village of Middleway in the Eastern Panhandle. Harlem Globetrotter Johnny "Hawk" Thomas remembers his time in Huntington while playing for Marshall University.

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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 West Virginia 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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