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ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute More Than $287,000 To West Virginia Colleges and Universities



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MAY 23, 2018


ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute More Than $287,000

To West Virginia Colleges and Universities


  • Nine institutions of higher learning in West Virginia receive funds from 3:1 Educational Matching Gift Program
  • Recipient organizations encouraged to support math and science initiatives


IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil and its employees, including XTO staff, contributed more than $287,000 to nine institutions of higher education across West Virginia as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2017 Educational Matching Gift Program.


ExxonMobil and XTO employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed almost $72,000 to nine West Virginia colleges and universities, which was matched by over $215,000 in unrestricted grants from the ExxonMobil Foundation. Although grants are unrestricted, colleges and universities are encouraged to designate a portion to math and science programs supporting student engagement.

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University of Cincinnati Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development



Anne Blankenship                                                            

(304) 343-1609


May 14, 2018


University of Cincinnati Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater

Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development


Charleston, W.Va.– A multi-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, and partly funded by organizations opposed to natural gas development, found no groundwater contamination from Utica shale development in Ohio.

Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, said, “The study was based on the hypothesis that natural gas methane concentration would increase as the number of shale gas wells in the study area increased. However, the results were just the opposite.  We can add this report to the pile of twenty or more similar studies showing no threat to groundwater from shale gas operations.”

The study, entitled “Monitoring concentration and isotopic composition of methane in groundwater in the Utica Shale hydraulic fracturing region of Ohio”, involved collecting data from 25 water wells in Carroll, Harrison, Stark, Belmont and Columbiana counties in Ohio – areas with a high propensity of natural gas development – between 2012 and 2015.

According to the report:

“We found no relationship between CH4 (natural gas methane) concentration or source in groundwater and proximity to active gas well sites. No significant changes in CH4 concentration, CH4 isotopic composition, pH, or conductivity in water wells were observed during the study period.”

While these findings were initially released over two years ago, the study is being published in the upcoming June 2018 edition of the peer-reviewedinternational journal, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.  According to the journal’s website, the publication is devoted to progress in the use of monitoring data in assessing environmental risks to man and the environment.

To access the article, click here.

For additional information, contact Anne Blankenship at (304) 343-1609.

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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


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


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


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


Picture: Brad McElhinny/MetroNews

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.


Picture: KVC Health Systems

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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