Oil and Gas

Gas Prices
4:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Senate Debates Bill on Unfair Trade Practices

Senate President Jeff Kessler at the podium during a floor session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Legislators stood Thursday to speak to legislation that has not yet made it to the floor. Senate Bill 368 was introduced by Senator Herb Snyder early in the session repealing unfair trade practices.

The bill focuses on a section of code written in the late 1930s. At the time, many states and the federal government put laws in place that prevented major retailers from undercutting the prices of mom and pop stores, forcing them out of business.

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Horizontal Drilling
1:26 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Fracking Waste: What Is It & What Do We Do About It

Credit Baker Hughes

The natural gas boom continues to sound in what have become the northern gas fields of West Virginia. State lawmakers are working on ways to take maximum advantage of the economic benefits that are coming with it. The other byproduct authorities are grappling with is an excess of waste products, which, without proper disposal, can threaten public health.

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Oil and Gas
3:49 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Study: Fracking requires more water than we thought

This pit was emptied and the liner removed when it became obvious that the waste fluid stored there was leaking into the drinking water.
Credit Downstream Strategies

The Marcellus water resources and water footprint report takes a critical look at water-use data provided by natural gas drillers over the past couple years to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection—data operators are required to provide under the Horizontal Well Control Act of 2011.

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Oil and Gas
11:46 am
Wed October 23, 2013

How much do we know about drilling horizontal wells?

The Horizontal Well Control Act of 2011 required studies be conducted to gain a more profound understanding of all that's entailed in the natural gas drilling that's sweeping northern West Virginia. Those reports are coming due, and legislators are hearing from scientists who have been looking into the matter.

Two major reports are being discussed in Charleston this week. One looks at air and noise pollution, while another considers water use related to Horizontal Well drilling.

1. Air and Noise

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