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Companies have bid millions of dollars to drill for oil and natural gas beneath several state-owned lands in West Virginia.

On Friday, the state Department of Commerce opened bids for Marcellus shale fracking under several tracts of land.

Antero ResourceFish s bid about $8,100 per acre, or $2.3 million total, for mineral rights under Jug Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County. Jay-Bee Production Company bid between $5,000 and about $16,300 per acre for different parts of the same land.

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Antero Resources plans to lay off more than 250 contract land brokers and focus on drilling.

Regional vice president Al Schopp tells The Exponent Telegram that the layoffs won't affect Antero's employees.

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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.

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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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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  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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  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.

The Law Works - Problems of Marcellus Drilling

Sep 19, 2014

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.

Roxy Todd


WVSU campus in Institute, W.Va.
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  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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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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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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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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 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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  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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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