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Natural Gas Projects Await Approval

By Casey Junkins | January 23, 2016 | The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING -Marcellus and Utica shale industry leaders believe the federal government is delaying construction of interstate pipelines that would relieve the region's natural gas glut, but regulators say the projects must pass environmental impact evaluations before approval.

Largely due to a lack of interstate pipelines capable of sending the product to New York City, Chicago and other major markets, many shale drillers working in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania are only getting about 75 cents for every 1,000 cubic-foot unit of natural gas they pump.

One producer in particular,

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W.Va. Production Numbers ‘Shocking’-Single Well Could Provide Electricity For 24,315 Homes

Bu Casey Junkins | Wheeling News-Register | January 17, 2016

WHEELING - A single Ohio County Marcellus Shale well yielded enough natural gas in 2014 to provide electricity for 24,315 homes, according to new numbers released by the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey.

There's also plenty of what industry leaders term "light crude" oil being produced right here in the local region, including 45,260 barrels of oil from a well in the name of the Ohio County Commission in 2014.

Overall, with traditional vertical drilling included with horizontal fracking, West Virginia produced more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014.

Drillers also extracted more than

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Antero Resources makes donations to food banks in four counties

By Aaron Payne | January 14, 2016 | WV Metro News

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — An oil and gas company operating in North Central West Virginia is giving back to the community by lifting up those who help others.

Antero Resources gathered around 20 food banks from Doddridge, Harrison, Ritchie and Tyler Counties together Thursday to present each of them with

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Stop Delaying New Pipelines

Editorial | The Wheeling Intelligencer | January 11, 2016

Thousands of West Virginians who have seen gas wells drilled where they own the mineral rights have not yet received any of those big royalty checks they were promised. But don't

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State Frack Leases Yield $18 Million

January 7, 2016 | The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register      

CHARLESTON - West Virginia has brought in $18 million by leasing the right to drill for oil and natural gas deep below state wildlife management areas and waterways, including 

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Greg Kozera: Benefits of energy produced at home

Greg Kozera | December 21, 2015 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

With the proposed construction of pipelines to carry natural gas from West Virginia to people and places that need it comes some resistance. 

After reading a recent article about a family that had moved from Florida to a farm in Virginia and were outraged to find out that a natural gas pipeline was going go through their property, I was really upset. 

 

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Report: Fracking Accounts for Less than One Percent of Total U.S. Water Use

By Priyanka Deo | September 14, 2015 | Energy In Depth

new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined the use of freshwater in the energy sector, specifically in hydraulic fracturing and thermoelectric power plants, as well as the current state of technologies being developed to reduce freshwater use.

To explore this issue, the GAO looked at total water withdrawals and total water consumption (i.e. “the portion of water withdrawn that is no longer available to be returned to a water source”). GAO’s examination included the fracking process and thermoelectric power plants, particularly in the most and least water-stressed regions.

Critics of fracking often claim the process uses a significant amount of water. However, the GAO report confirms that water withdrawal for mining (which includes fracking) is a comparatively small user. In fact, fracking doesn’t even account for one percent of total U.S water withdrawals, as the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) graph below (included in the GAO report) clearly shows:

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Press Release: Wheeling Area Ranks 5th Among Fastest Growing US Economies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2015

Wheeling Area Ranks 5th Among Fastest Growing U.S. Economies

Wheeling, WV – This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis released annual data for real gross domestic product (GDP), revealing a 9.5 percent increase in the Wheeling metropolitan area from 2013 to 2014. The percent change in Wheeling ranks fifth of 381 U.S. metropolitan areas, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the country.

The category of natural resources and mining – specifically, mining in the Marcellus shale formation – contributed significantly to the 9.5 percent increase. Increases in the following categories also had a positive impact on Wheeling’s economic growth:

  • Finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing

  • Professional and business services.

    “The energy industry continues to generate new opportunities in Wheeling for employment, hospitality, and increased exposure. More people are working here, eating here, shopping here, and staying here,” Mayor Andy McKenzie noted.

    As a complement to the GDP data, various development projects are contributing to Wheeling’s growth in 2015. Downtown projects include the Stone Center, Market Plaza, and WesBanco Arena, while new housing developments are enhancing areas in Elm Grove and along National Road.

    “We’re experiencing a lot of growth and investment throughout Wheeling, and it’s encouraging to know how well that growth ranks on a national level,” McKenzie added. “With several project announcements coming up this fall, I think our progress will continue well into next year.”

    Information was provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and is available on the website (http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_metro/gdp_metro_newsrelease.htm).

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Officials: Major oil and gas investments planned despite current slowdown

CLARKSBURG — The oil and gas industry may have experienced a bit of a slowdown in West Virginia in 2015, but there are still major investments on the horizon, according to industry officials.

Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, pointed to the planned buildout of natural gas pipeline infrastructure to transport locally produced gas to new markets.

“There are billions of dollars worth of investments that will go forward in the next three to four years, and that’s equal to what would be spent on developing a factory,” DeMarco said. “And I’m not suggesting that one replaces the other or anything like that. The point is, the industry, no matter what you hear about frackers or downturns or those sorts of things — we are still doing projects that will ultimately allow us to drill more wells, because we’ll have more takeaway.”

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Antero's plans for fracking water treatment plant make sense

September 8, 2015 | The Exponent Telegram

One of the top concerns voiced about Marcellus Shale drilling is the huge amount of water needed in the fracking process.

Fracking is the use of a water 

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