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Ground Broken for Methanol Plant in West Virginia

U.S. News | September 6, 2017

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Ground has been broken on a methanol plant in West Virginia.

Officials on Wednesday celebrated the start of construction on the US Methanol plant in Institute.

Gov. Jim Justice says the plant will convert natural gas to methanol for use by existing chemical plants.

US Methanol is relocating the facility from Brazil. Chief Executive Frank Bakker has said the company will provide methanol as feedstock for the chemical industry in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states.

The plant will produce 200,000 tons of methanol per year. It is expected to have 50 permanent positions and 300 construction jobs and will open by late next year.

The West Virginia Economic Development Authority in May approved a $10 million loan for the project.

Methanol is used

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WVU-led study indicates WV, OH and PA could support job growth by storing ethane


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Doug Patchen of the WVU AIONGC, led the study.
MetroNews | August 29, 2017 | By Alex Wiederspiel

CANONSBURG, Pa. — West Virginia University’s Energy Institute, along with assorted partners, presented it’s first findings to the public Tuesday to showcase the region’s ability to attract and support the petrochemical industry through the use of gas storage hubs.

Doug Patchen, the director of WVU Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Consortium, said

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Letter: Thanks senators for FERC vote

Gazette Mail | August 21, 2017

We thank Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, who worked to help ensure a vote would be taken to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before the U.S. Senate adjourned for the August recess.

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Peer companies in natural gas industry assist in flood relief

CLARKSBURG — Companies in the oil and natural gas industry sprang into action after areas of West Virginia experienced devastating flooding July 29.

“West Virginians support one another in tough times,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, in a press release.


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Report Finds Oil & Gas Industry Supports Over 70,000 WV Jobs



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Report Finds Oil & Gas Industry Supports Over 70,000 WV Jobs


Charleston, WV – According to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers report released on Aug. 1, West Virginia’s natural gas and oil industry supported 70,900 jobs (direct and indirect) and added $8 billion to the state economy in 2015, the most recent year for which 

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Fracking not the problem some make it out to be

Charleston Gazette-Mail | May 1, 2017

Hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia, according to a study by Duke University scientists released this month. But accidental spills of fracking wastewater may pose a threat to surface water in the region, the scientists said.

The three-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, concluded what many in the natural gas industry have been saying for years: The extreme risks opponents claim fracking poses aren’t true.


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Duke fracking study finds no contamination of ground water due to fracking

The Exponent Telegram | Charles Young - Staff Writer | April 26, 2017


CLARKSBURG — Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in Northwestern West Virginia, according to a recently released study by scientists at Duke University.

“The study was able to measure a very wide range of chemical tracers in wells before and after fracking in West Virginia,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Vengosh was in charge of the project.

“Basically, the bottom line is that we do not see an effect of fracking on the groundwater quality,” he said.


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MarkWest to invest over 200M in Sherwood Plant


Darlene J. Swiger/ The Exponent Telegram 

MarkWest employees look over plans for sizing pipelines for Doddridge County area. From left are: Dustin Vincent, Project Manager; Jason Davis, Senior Designer; and Josh Sill, Facility Engineer.


MarkWest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MPLX, has expanded its operations in West Virginia and continues to grow, with more than $200 million in construction underway in Doddridge County and more than $100 million in planned upgrades in Marshall County.

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Listen to the Job Creators to improve West Virginia

March 22, 2017 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

It’s no secret what condition the state of West Virginia is in. State government faces a shortfall of nearly $500 million for next fiscal year. 

West Virginia is the only state in the union that has a smaller population now than it did in 1950

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Anne Blankenship and Charlie Burd: WV energy equals WV jobs

March 20, 2017 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Charlie_Burd.jpgThere’s no denying that West Virginia continues to face big challenges. 

The Associated Press reported recently that unemployment rates rose in all 55 of West Virginia’s counties last month. Making ends meet is getting tougher for West Virginia families and communities.

In Charleston, the Legislature is focused on a number of these challenges, including our budget shortfalls and policies related to job growth — and West Virginia families are watching these efforts closely.

The good news is that we have real opportunities for positive and sustained growth, which can lift up every West Virginia family and community.

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