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UMWA endorses Tennant at annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, WV

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United Mine Workers of America will feature food, entertainment and presentations by political and labor leaders at its 76th Annual Labor Day Celebration in Boone County on Sept. 1.

Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

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The tracks were supposed to lead to a depository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, where Congress intended to send radioactive fuel. Instead, the Obama administration cancelled a project that had been criticized as inadequate and opposed by many Nevadans.

WV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now

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Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.

Benwood, WV booming once again, ready for more

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Frank Longwell doesn't hold back when he describes Benwood as a boom town. In fact, he confidently predicts that economic favor will rest on his beloved hometown for many years — even decades — to come.

Energy expert trades Rockies for Appalachian mountains

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Kyle Mork wasn't born in Charleston, but his connections to the Mountain State brought him here — twice.

Boom: The give-and-take of North-Central WV gas drilling

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Since 2007, the Marcellus Shale gas boom has affected the coal-dominant Mountain State in more ways than one — depending on who you ask.

Boom: Northern Panhandle natural gas industry workers, businesses, communities profiting

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To say that Mike Sadler goes where the work takes him might be an understatement. Sadler, a 36-year-old pipefitter from South Point, Ohio, is currently working in the booming gas industry in West Virginia's northern panhandle.

Consol expansion will spread to Mountain State

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While its corporate focus is squarely on Western Pennsylvania's natural gas reserves for now, Consol Energy President and CEO Nick Deluliis says the company expects to spend billions in the Mountain State over the next decade.

MSHA issues 190 citations to mines nationwide, 46 to three West Virginia coal mines in July

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Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 190 citations and eight orders during special impact inspections conducted in July, the Administration announced Aug. 28. 

WVU doctoral candidate receives EPA fellowship for water protection research

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West Virginia University graduate student Eric Merriam has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's STAR Graduate Fellowship for his research on the protection of water resources.

XTO Energy president explains Marcellus Shale production opportunities, setbacks at West Virginia Business Summit

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Following lunch, the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation in The Greenbrier's Colonial Hall at the 78th Annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Business Summit Aug. 27, about 800 attendees heard a special presentation about the importance of energy development and production to the state. 

Energy industry leaders, DEP members speak about experiences, WV future, water crisis at Business Summit

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During a breakout session titled Energy and the Environment at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit Aug. 27, a small group of attendees listened to various industry leaders and lawmakers speak about their experiences in the industry.

Kentucky gets $20 million grant for energy study

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr joined Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and state House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins to announce a federal grant that will be distributed among the state's eight public colleges and universities. The money will pay for researchers to explore new ways to generate energy from plants and chemicals.

DuPont to pay $1.275 million fine, spend at least $3 million more to correct problems at Belle, WV plant

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E.E. du Pont de Nemours Company will pay a $1.275 million fine and take corrective actions at its Belle, West Virginia plant for releasing harmful levels of hazardous substances on eight occasions between May 2006 and January 2010.

Q&A: Mike McCown reflects on his time in oil and gas industry

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Recently selected as the Oil and Gas Man of the Year, awarded by Energy Speaks and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia for the 46th Annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, Mike McCown has dedicated his life to the oil and gas industry.

North Carolina moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution

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Though Duke denies its coal ash dumps pose a public threat, the company agreed in October to pay at least $1.5 million to help cover the cost of running new water lines to a nearby neighborhood where residents relied on well water.

Dominion Resources awards $1.3M in education grants

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Officials say the Dominion's K-12 Education Partnership program will give 77 schools up to $10,000 each to fund projects related to energy and the environment. 

MarkWest announces expansion of western Pennsylvania processing and fractionation infrastructure

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In an agreement with Rex Energy and EdgeMarc Energy, MarkWest Energy Partners LP will be expanding midstream infrastructure at its Keystone complex in Western Pennsylvania to support growing shale gas production, MarkWest announced Aug. 26.

Consol kicks off natural gas drilling project at Pittsburgh airport

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Consol Energy is spending $500 million to drill oil and gas from a 9,000 acre parcel at the Pittsburgh airport, a project expected to generate another $500 million in up-front bonuses and royalty payments.

Monitoring of the Ohio River continues after Duke Energy oil spill

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A spokeswoman for Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy says the company is working closely with federal and state environmental officials on any additional remediation needed. Duke says the spill apparently resulted from a valve left open during an oil transfer.

Potomac Edison working to replace utility poles, enhance reliability

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Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooded utility poles so far this year as part of the company's annual inspection program in an attempt to enhance service reliability, the company announced Aug. 25.

Exports could save U.S. coal, study says

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Exporting coal from the United States to power plants in South Korea instead of burning it for power generation domestically could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent, according to a recent study led by Duke University.

WV receives more than $500K in mine health and safety training grants

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration has allocated $8,348,423 in health and safety training grants for 46 states in fiscal year 2014, the department announced Aug. 21.

Hundreds attend fracking hearing in Raleigh, NC

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The meeting is one of four during a comment period that lasts until the end of September. The state Mining and Energy Commission will analyze the comments and consider revisions to the rules, which then must undergo a fiscal review before legislators have the final say.

WVU doctoral student receives scholarship for shale gas extraction research

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The Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts has awarded West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography doctoral student Shuvajit Bhattacharya a $2,000 scholarship for the second year in a row for his research exploring oil extraction from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota.

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.

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.

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