Oil & Gas

Lochghelly Injection Well
12:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Environmental Quality Board Hears Complaints Against DEP Revocation Order in Fayette County

“These open pits were discovered by the DEP in 2004,” Rist said. “They were not part of any permit that had been issued. The DEP has done nothing about it. Until about two months ago, after this appeal was filed. Low and behold, all of sudden Danny Webb cleans up those pits.”
Credit Jessica Lilly

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that revokes a waste disposal permit. Attorney Tom Rist is representing groups concerned about Danny Webb Construction's waste disposal operation in Fayette County.

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11:22 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Was This Fayette County Waste Pit Leaking?

Credit Jessica Lilly

Danny Webb Construction began shutting down above ground pits last month in Fayette County that held oil and gas waste. The waste likely came from horizontal drilling operations.

In a more recent development, the DEP says a tank that was holding some of that waste, leaked during the process, but was cleaned up.

Concerned citizens have been expressing concerns with this particular operation for years.

Environmental groups ran some tests last year and while results have turned up inconclusive, it still raised red flags.

Listen to hear Marc Glass explain findings from samples taken near the site.

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Lochghelly Injection Well
7:45 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Work Underway to Close Fayette Fracking Waste Pit

Credit Jessica Lilly

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says materials from a pit holding waste of the oil and gas industry, including fracking waste, is being taken to the Raleigh County landfill. The DEP says work is underway to reclaim above ground waste pits months after the state agency ordered it shut down.

The pits were used to remove sediments from the oil and gas waste before injecting underground.

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Energy & Environment
11:16 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Marshall Co. Sees Jump in Oil, Gas Tax Revenue

Credit David Benbennick / wikimedia Commons

Marshall County's slice of the state oil and gas severance tax is growing.

County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the county's severance tax revenue increased from $71,161 in fiscal 2011 to $429,810 in fiscal 2013.

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Lochghelly Injection Well
8:08 am
Fri March 14, 2014

W.Va. DEP Orders Fayette Co. Frack Waste Permit Revoked

Above ground waste pits sit close to the underground injection wells in Fayette County.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has ordered a permit for an underground injection well in Fayette County to be revoked.

The DEP renewed the permit for a class two (UIC), or underground injection control disposal well owned by Danny Webb Construction on February 6.

The permit allows the company to accept fluids from oil and gas exploration, development drilling, and production fluids for another five years. 

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6:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bill to Regulate W.Va. Gas Drilling Waste on Hold

Credit Bill Hughes

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by the governor in a special session.
Lawmakers who negotiated a version both sides could agree on were unable to get the measure passed before midnight Saturday, the deadline for the regular session.

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Oil and Gas
1:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Missing Person in Greene Co. Gas Well Explosion Was a Morgantown Resident

Candlelight Vigil, Betts Park, Warren, PA

27-year old Ian McKee of Morgantown has been identified as the missing and feared-dead employee from the recent Greene County gas well explosion.

McKee was an employee of Cameron International, a contractor to Chevron, and his friends say he was onsite when the gas well exploded last week.

McKee and much of his immediate family are from Warren, Pa.

Initially, the Pennsylvania State Police set up a two-mile perimeter around the burning gas well. Then, the Wild Well Control crew from Houston, Texas, couldn’t get closer than a half mile because of the heat.

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Oil and Gas Waste
11:51 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Listen: Voices From Frack Waste Hearing Tell A Story

The House Judiciary Committee heard thoughts and concerns during a public hearing over a piece of pending legislation: HB4411 - allowing the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from fracking sites in commercial solid waste facilities.

Some History:

Some Recent History:

State-Wide Concern:

Some Science:

The Advocate:

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2:20 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

W.Va. Senate Hopes to Invest Portion of Oil Tax

Credit Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislature

A state Senate committee has approved a proposal to invest some of West Virginia's oil and natural gas revenues for future infrastructure and economic development.

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Chemical Leak
11:39 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Is There Something In The Water?

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Water: It flows through our very blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells. It flushes waste from our bodies, cushions our joints and allows us to digest and absorb food. The average adult human body is about 60 percent water. Perhaps it’s not surprising that so many are still offended and disturbed by the water crisis in the Kanawha Valley—“Kanawha” which, by the way, means “water way.”

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6:34 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Kessler’s Future Fund Takes New Shape

Senate President Jeff Kessler discusses Senate business with staffers during the 2014 Legislative Session.
Credit Ashton Marra

Senate President Jeff Kessler introduced his Future Fund legislation into the Senate Friday. The proposal this year, however, is slightly different from years past.

Senate Bill 461 creates the statutory framework for the fund:

-Provides 25 percent of any revenues collected from oil and gas severance taxes over and above $175 million be automatically placed in Future Fund, up from $70 million baseline proposed last year

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