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  • Can we be realistic on roads?

    Can we be realistic on roads?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:00:54 GMT
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
  • Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:46:55 GMT
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
  • Energy generation economy will require evolution

    Energy generation economy will require evolution

    Friday, June 27 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-06-27 13:38:18 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down an interesting decision in terms of what the Environmental Protection Agency can and cannot do in terms of reducing emissions at power plants and factories.
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down an interesting decision in terms of what the Environmental Protection Agency can and cannot do in terms of reducing emissions at power plants and factories.

IGS Energy opened a compressed natural gas fueling station for vehicles this week in Bridgeport. This is the first of what the Ohio-based company expects to be a number of CNG stations along Interstate 79. Plans are also in the works to build stations in Charleston and Jane Lew. As production of the natural gas increases, creative minds are developing new, exciting ways to utilize this resource. As the focus shifts to the transportation sector, it's clear there is enormous vitality in the idea of using natural gas to power our vehicles.

Natural gas is a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel and, perhaps most importantly, it's a resource readily available in our state. While we have to be realistic in our expectations, it's important to keep an eye toward the future and embrace what can be an amazing opportunity. CNG fueling stations may have a limited amount of users, but it's a number that's bound to grow. For generations, this state has powered our nation with coal. As gas production increases and we continue to creatively and cleanly harness the power of what's beneath our feet, it's clear that we can maintain our reputation as America's energy leader.