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Howard Swint: Midstream key to West Virginia's economic growth

By Howard Swint | Gazette Daily Mail | May 11, 2018

West Virginia is at the center of a massive shift within the global energy markets that will profoundly reorder the state’s economy for generations to come.

Its impact is already being realized in the natural gas industry, whereby West Virginia-based operations are now producing so much dry methane and natural gas liquids (NGLs) that they are both being exported internationally.

And depending on key decisions within the global petrochemical industry, the Mountain State could become the home of manufacturing operations utilizing those liquids here in addition to transporting them to other locations. Due largely to area Marcellus and Utica shale fields, our region has many competitive regional advantages that are proving to outweigh even the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, the traditional locations for petrochemical operations.

Location decisions are determined by corporate-specific analysis of potential sites. That analysis also considers the availability of ethane storage facilities nearby. Ethane storage will guarantee a steady supply of feedstock for the chemical manufacturing plants, as well as to stabilize the price for their source ingredient.

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Cove Point Becomes 2nd U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal

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By Jude Clemente | Forbes Magazine | March 6, 2018

And so it begins. Friday was a historic day for the U.S. energy industry and our always evolving natural gas business in particular. After a series of delays, Dominion Energy shipped out its first LNG cargo from $4 billion Cove Point export terminal in Maryland. This becomes our second LNG export facility following Cheniere Energy’s startup at Sabine Pass in Louisiana two years ago. Cove point started construction back in 2014 and liquefaction started in January.

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Industry reps: Pipeline work available soon in West Virginia

By JoAnn Snoderly | The Exponent Telegram | February 8, 2018

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Tree falling has already started to make way for The Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Trade unions are actively recruiting workers for construction of the pipeline. (Staff file photo)

CLARKSBURG — Hiring is underway for pipeline projects in the state.

Tree felling has already started in West Virginia to make way for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Harrison County to Robeson County, North Carolina.

Another project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, expects tree felling to start soon in some locations. This pipeline will run from northwestern West Virginia to Southern Virginia.

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Local lawmakers: Pipelines could have economic benefits

By Charles Boothe | Bluefield Daily Telegraph | February 8, 2018

BLUEFIELD — Two natural gas pipelines originating in the state could mean economic benefits for all residents, local legislators say.

Both pipelines, Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), will start in the Marcellus Formation shale fields in north central West Virginia.

The MVP is a 303-mile, 42-inch diameter, $3.5 billion line that will end in Chatham, Va. and run through both Monroe and Giles counties. The ACP is 600 miles long and will end in North Carolina.

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Pipelines Help Hold Down Energy Costs

By Chris Ventura | The Intelligencer Wheeling-News Register | February 7, 2018

Midwest Director

Consumer Energy Alliance

Houston, Texas

Nearly 360,000 West Virginians depend on food stamps to make ends meet — that’s 19.5 percent of the state’s population. For these households, paying for food and necessities like clothing and shelter is already a daily struggle, let alone paying an electricity bill that could have been much lower with the right set of policies.

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Wheeling City Council Approves $2M Oil, Gas Lease

By Casey Junkins | The Intelligencer Wheeling-News Register | February 7, 2018

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Photo by Casey Junkins Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron speaks during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

WHEELING — City council on Tuesday unanimously approved allowing energy company American Petroleum Partners to extract natural gas from under 336 acres of city-owned property in Wheeling.

The deal is worth $6,000 per acre — about $2 million total before any royalty payments.

American Petroleum, based in Canonsburg, Pa., is being given the right to

 

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Federal judge grants immediate access to disputed properties along MVP path

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Trees are marked along a ridge that's a proposed path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

By Brad McElhinny | MetroNews | February 4, 2018

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge on Friday granted approval for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to move ahead with eminent domain on properties along the project’s path in northern West Virginia counties.

The decision stands to give the pipeline developers access to disputed property even before fair value is assessed.

“MVP has carried its burden to clearly establish that it will be irreparably harmed in the absence of a preliminary injunction, that this harm is not outweighed by those concerns identified by the defendants, and that granting immediate access is in the public interest,” U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley wrote.

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Dominion Energy donates $10,000 to KVC for renovations at former Tech campus in Montgomery

By Carrie Hodousek | WV MetroNews | February 02, 2018 

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — Thousands of dollars is being put toward a new cafeteria on the former WVU Tech campus in Montgomery.

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Bob Orndorff, of Dominion Energy, (left), and Tommy Bailey, of KVC Health Systems

KVC Health Systems, the organization that purchased the Tech campus, received a $10,000 donation from Dominion Energy Friday.

The campus will become the nation’s first specialized college for children leaving foster care.

“This is a unique program that loved — probably one of the top in the country — and our donation will help them get started,” said Bob Orndorff, state policies director at Dominion Energy.

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The case for co-tenancy is strong in West Virginia

Daily Mail Editorial | The Charleston Gazette Mail | February 1, 2018

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As we all know, the best solution to West Virginia’s many problems is economic growth. Jobs and increased revenue can go a long way toward reducing the severity of issues facing the state ranging from the drug epidemic to low teacher pay.

Yet West Virginia continues to get in its own way when it comes to preventing growth.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Gains Approval of Key WV permit

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| January 26, 2018 | WV MetroNews 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 600-mile, $5.1 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline project just received key pieces of regulatory approval in two different states.

Those mark significant steps forward for the interstate pipeline project, which has been marked by promise and controversy.

In West Virginia, the project gained approval for a stormwater permit that is one of the state Division of Environmental Protection’s main enforcement tools on the project. That is the last remaining regulatory approval necessary in West Virginia.

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