West Virginia Water Research Institute

Oil and Gas Industry
8:45 am
Wed December 17, 2014

More Fracking Slated in Morgantown

Morgantown Industrial Park
Credit Northeast Natural Energy

Amid much controversy, two horizontal gas wells were drilled into the Marcellus shale rock formation in 2011 just barely outside of Morgantown. Now two more wells are slated to be drilled on the same pad in the summer of 2015, but the company, Charleston-based Northeast Natural Energy is teaming up this time with a host of researchers.

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Water Resource Management
5:21 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Watching Over Water: Researchers Pool Resources

Pictured, are, left to right: Dr. Bruce Dickson of the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Dr. Benjamin Stout of Wheeling Jesuit University, Dr. Elisabeth Dakine of Duquesne University and Melissa O'Neal of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. These researchers just collected a commemorative first sample from the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh's Point State Park.
Credit WVU

Citizen and university researchers involved in monitoring water quality at 54 sites on the upper Ohio River basin will gather for a first-of-its kind conference on Monday, Aug. 11, at Duquesne University.


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On WV PBS and WV PBS.2
11:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Law Works - Safety of Our Water Supply

The Law Works is a weekly television series that addresses legal issues of concern to residents of West Virginia.
Credit WV PBS

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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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WV Legislature
2:27 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Senate Commission Begins Leak Investigation

Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz of the West Virginia Water Research Institute shares his findings with the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources.
Credit Ashton Marra

The Joint Commission on State Water Resources held its first hearing Friday morning as it’s investigates last week’s chemical spill into the Kanawha. This week, they heard from a state water quality expert and a union leader about where the state’s regulations on containment are lacking.

Senate Majority Leader and the Commission’s co-chairman Senator John Unger introduced legislation to manage and protect the state’s water resources Thursday, but Friday, his commission was focused on getting answers about how to prevent spills from happening in the future.

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