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WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

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The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.

UPDATE: Resolution to Build Power Plant in Marshall County Passes in 2-1 Vote Video included

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On Tuesday morning, the Marshall County Commission passed a resolution to begin construction on a proposed power plant by a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Bob Miller opposed.

UPDATE: 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled into Ohio River, water supply remains safe

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During a routine transfer of fuel oil at the W.C. Beckjord Station, located in New Richmond, Ohio, approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel was discharged into the Ohio River between 11:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Duke Energy announced.

University of Maryland study due on health impact of Md. gas drilling

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Dr. Clifford Mitchell, environmental health director with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is making a presentation on the report Monday in Frostburg to a state commission charged with recommending safe drilling practices.

WVU water research presented at Pittsburgh conference

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Drinking water in the Upper Ohio River basin is safe to drink, but it is still vital that the monitoring of run-off into the region's rivers and creeks be continued.

Officials: water quality perceptions blur WV reality

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Perception and reality may seem blurry sometimes. Case in point: A July 31 article in the Washington Post, “Did a chemical spill soak West Virginia's whitewater industry?” claimed a reason “visitors are down along the New River Gorge” this year can be traced to a Jan. 9 MCHM chemical spill by Freedom Industries into the Elk River.

WV PSC to hold conference over WV American Water's response to January chemical spill

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As part of its ongoing investigation of West Virginia American Water's response to the January chemical spill, the West Virginia Public Service Commission will be holding a conference on Aug. 18 to resolve a dispute over what type of information will be part of the investigation.

EPA awards $250K to Charles Town for clean up efforts

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $250,000 in additional brownfields funding to support revitalization efforts in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Appalachian Power teams with Mountaineer Food Bank to distribute 40K energy efficient light bulbs

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About 10,000 West Virginia families served by Mountaineer Food Bank will soon receive free Energy Star certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs thanks to a contribution from Appalachian Power.

Shell sells shale gas rights for $2.1 billion

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 Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.

Natural gas plant in western Ky. canceled

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The companies still plan to shutter the Green River Station coal-fired plant in Muhlenberg County next year. Many who work at that facility were expected to shift to the natural gas plant.

Coal Symposium "Coal Its Future"

Coal Symposium focuses on 'Coal Its Future'

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Coal miners at the event said the use of cleaner natural gas has been threatening coal miners jobs for a while and they know things need to change. 

Columbia Pipeline Group invests $1.75 billion in projects to transport natural gas from WV, OH shale basins

Equipment at a Columbia Pipeline Group compressor station located in Clendenin, West Virginia. Equipment at a Columbia Pipeline Group compressor station located in Clendenin, West Virginia.
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Columbia Pipeline Group has invested $1.75 billion in new infrastructure to allow transport from Marcellus and Utica shale basins to other areas throughout the country, the company announced Aug. 12.

Coal River Energy announces intent to idle Alum Creek and Julian, WV coal mine operations, cut 280 jobs

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Coal River Mining and Coal River Processing announced Aug. 12 that they intend to idle operations in Alum Creek and Julian, resulting in 280 layoffs.

WV DEP Mine board hearing to be webcast

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The meeting is scheduled to start 8:30 a.m. on Monday. It will be streamed over the department's "Environment Matters" YouTube channel.

AEP companies settle suit over WV plants

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American Electric Power subsidiaries settled lawsuits in two federal courts Aug. 1 to resolve allegations involving discharges from various sources at three coal-fired plants in West Virginia, prompting adherence to tighter emissions reductions standards.

River movement of coal down

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Central Appalachian coal continues to lose market share while Northern Appalachian coal is growing. Meanwhile, more coal is moving by rail and less by river.

Arch Coal losses deepen

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Arch Coal reported a net loss of $96.9 million in the second quarter as increased demand from power plants could not make up for weak metallurgical coal markets.

Decision to idle Pinnacle coal mine in WV was reversed, Cliffs Natural Resources says

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Contrary to a June 25 WARN notice, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has decided not to idle its Pinnacle Mining Company operations, preserving more than 500 West Virginia coal jobs, according to an Aug. 7 regulatory filing.

WV DEP reminds aboveground storage tank owners of looming deadlines

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is working to remind aboveground storage tank owners of upcoming September, October, December and January deadlines.

Harrison Power Station employees receive first union contract

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FirstEnergy Corp.'s Harrison Power Station employees have been given their first contract since joining the Utility Workers Union of America in 2010, the UWUA Local 304 announced Aug. 7.

FirstEnergy offering STEM grants for 2014-15 school year

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FirstEnergy Corp. is currently accepting applications for education grants being awarded to creative STEM classroom projects planned for the upcoming school year, the company announced Aug. 7.

Clarksburg, WV oil and gas support services company announces Pa. expansion

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Energy Surveys Inc. has announced that it will be expanding from its Clarksburg roots, opening a second location in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Former Ormet Plant's New Owners Hint at Future of Facility Video included

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Niagara Worldwide's president said the company has been contacted to consider operations like a "cold pour process" and an entire smelting reuse. There's even talk of venturing into the oil and gas arena.

Maryland conference highlights coal mine reforestation

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Organizers say more than 80 people are attending the event highlighting the restoration of landscapes altered by coal mining in the Eastern United States.

American Energy Partners announces land acquisition in 5 WV counties

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Two American Energy Partners LP affiliates have acquired 75,000 net acres of land in North-Central West Virginia and a bordering Ohio county, the company announced Aug. 5.

Columbia Pipeline Group to donate personal gas detection monitors to 2 Wayne Co., WV volunteer fire departments

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Columbia Pipeline Group will be donating personal gas detection monitors to the Kenova and Ceredo Volunteer Fire Departments in Wayne County, West Virginia CPG announced Aug. 3.

West Virginia American Water to host family-friendly WaterFest

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West Virginia American Water will be hosting “WaterFest” on Saturday, Aug. 9 from at the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant, allowing residents of all ages to “experience the wonderful world of water.”

Residents support cleaner jobs, healthier WV at EPA hearings

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Since the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, West Virginia has audibly and collectively fought back.

Bluefield, WV Chamber to host Coal Symposium, currently accepting public comments for panel

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The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of state lawmakers and coal industry representatives at the Bluefield Coal Symposium on Aug. 12.

AEP CEO praises WV employees’ cost-saving ideas

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The chief executive officer of American Electric Power praised the suggestions of several company employees in West Virginia for helping reduce costs last week as he described the company’s financial performance to investment analysts.

EQT to drill test well in utica shale

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EQT Corp. plans to drill a $15 million test well into the Utica Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania in an experiment that could open up thousands of acres of Utica Shale in West Virginia to development.

West Virginians voice opinions at EPA Clean Power Plan meetings in Pittsburgh

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Similar public hearings have been held in Denver, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

14 union representatives arrested at UMWA anti-Clean Power Plan rally in Pittsburgh

UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane was one of 14 arrested at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh. UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane was one of 14 arrested at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh.
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The Environmental Protection Agency held the first of two hearings in Pittsburgh today regarding the June 2 Clean Power Plan; in response, the United Mine Workers of America held a rally in the Steel City, which resulted in 14 arrests.

Major railroad companies with WV operations commended for sustainable efforts

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Inbound Logistics has included Norfolk Southern and CSX, two major railroad companies with major operations in West Virginia, on its 75 Green Supply Chain Partners list for 2014.

Sunoco Logistics' 300-mile Pennsylvania pipeline dealt setback

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The judges said the buildings cannot be exempt because Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East pipeline service does not constitute public utility service. The propane service is to begin later this year, while the ethane service is to begin next year.

FirstEnergy responds to Marcellus expansion, begins building new substation

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As an attempt to keep up with the rapid expansion of the Marcellus Shale gas industry, FirstEnergy announced July 30 that it has begun construction on a new transmission substation near Sherwood in Doddridge County.

West Virginia leaders and coal supporters attend rally in Pittsburgh

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Thousands of pro-coal West Virginians including Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, attended a rally in Pittsburgh on July 30. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke at the coal rally as well.

WVU to implement Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory thanks to Dominion donation

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Thanks to Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation, West Virginia University’s Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering will be building a Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory, WVU announced July 29.

22 miners killed in first half of 2014, MSHA proposes to impose amend safety regulations

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During the first half of 2014, 22 miners were killed in accidents across the country, representing an increase in the mid-year fatality count, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 28.

WV DEP takes comments on proposed Solid Waste Management Rule revision

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will accept comments this week on a proposed revision to the state’s Solid Waste Management rule, the department announced July 29.