natural gas

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.

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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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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West Virginia Morning
9:46 am
Mon December 2, 2013

South Charleston Students Build a Satellite, Fracking and Air Quality, & The Fairfax Stone

Students at South Charleston High School build a satellite to be launched into space, a look at some specifics of the debate over the natural gas industry, and the history of the West Virginia/Maryland border battle over who owns the Fairfax Stone.

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Economic Development
3:58 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Will W.Va. Get an Ethane Cracker Plant?

Odebrecht has announced its possibly locating a facility in Wood County
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced this afternoon that a Brazilian petrochemical company, Odebrecht, has chosen a site in Wood County to explore the possible location of an ethane cracker plant and three polyethlene plants. 

The governor was disappointed when Shell announced a few years ago it was choosing Pennsylvania over West Virginia for a cracker plant.  And he’s wanted one ever since.

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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.
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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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2:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Oct. 26, 2013

WVU competes in 'jack and jill' cross cut competition.
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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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5:22 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Anti-fracking group rallies in Huntington near Ohio River

Members of Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Wheeling Water Warriors hold a rally in Huntington.

  Members of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition hosted a rally Monday morning in Huntington. 

  Their effort focuses on shedding light on the transfer of waste water on barges.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition hosted a group from the northern panhandle called the Wheeling Water Warriors. This group of Wheeling Warriors organized after a waste water treatment plant was proposed to be built near Wheeling. Since then they have led a charge that includes organizing The Great Ohio River Relay.

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3:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

West Virginia Morning - September 12, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, how does gas drilling affect floodplains? That story and more.

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Gas Drilling
4:14 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

WVSORO concerned about floodplains and gas drilling

The West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization is focusing its attention on how floodplains are used in natural gas drilling activity.

WVSORO co-founder Dave McMahon says because of the regulations on the books, surface owners aren't notified when gas drillers want to put equipment on floodplains. This is usually the case if the surface owner doesn't own the mineral rights.

McMahon says floodplain ordinances, implemented by counties, need to change accordingly to fix the gaps.

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