W.Va. Gas Rig Count Falling

March 9, 2015 WHEELING - Corky Demarco believes West Virginia's 5 percent severance tax on oil and natural gas production is one of the main culprits driving the number of Marcellus and Utica shale drilling rigs... more »»

Property Tax Hikes for 23,000 West Virginia Mineral Rights Owners

March 2, 2015 WHEELING - Higher Marcellus and Utica shale output spiked property tax burdens for more than 23,000 oil and natural gas mineral owners across West Virginia this year, according to attorneys for the... more »»

Forced Pooling Bill On Move in West Virginia Legislature

February 17, 2015 WHEELING - A bill that would allow forced pooling of natural gas drilling units in West Virginia has cleared the House of Delegates Energy Committee. more »»

River Fracking Debated

February 12, 2015 WHEELING - Although a potential $40 million windfall awaits West Virginia's coffers if Gastar Exploration drills and fracks for natural gas under the Ohio River, at least one legislator does not... more »»

ATEX Ethane Pipeline Reopens Friday After Brooke County Fire

February 12, 2015 FOLLANSBEE - Even though investigators remain unsure of the cause of a fire on an ATEX Express along Archer Hill Road in Brooke County last month, the company plans to restart pumping ethane Frid. more »»

Reps. McKinley, Johnson Vote For LNG Imports

February 9, 2015 Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, believe encouraging liquefied natural gas exports will create even more economic growth in the Marcellus and Utica shale fields. more »»

Southwestern Granted Permits to Drill Marcellus Shale Wells

February 5, 2015 WHEELING - After paying $5 billion to acquire West Virginia leasehold acres from Chesapeake Energy, Southwestern Energy can now drill Marcellus shale wells with the same Department of Environmental... more »»

Blue Racer: $30B In Infrastructure Needed

February 2, 2015 PITTSBURGH - Not being able to load ethane onto the ATEX Express because the Blue Racer Natrium plant's connection remains shut down following the pipeline's Monday explosion is only one of the... more »»

Well Pad Permit Transfer Bill Passes

February 2, 2015 State lawmakers have approved a bill letting companies transfer well permits for oil and natural gas drilling. The change would help Southwestern Energy Co. more »»

With Fire Out, Answers Sought

January 31, 2015 FOLLANSBEE - While the flames are now extinguished, Enterprise Products investigators are working with federal officials to learn why the 20-inch diameter ATEX Express pipeline in Brooke County... more »»

No Limits on Pipeline Location, No Inspection

January 31, 2015 WHEELING - Monday's natural gas pipeline explosion in Brooke County led to the evacuation of two homes, with the flames' heat buckling siding on one of the structures. more »»

Systemic Flaws In Safety Oversight

January 31, 2015 WASHINGTON - Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said... more »»

Natural Gas Well Production Ranges Widely in Northern Panhandle

January 29, 2015 WHEELING - A single Antero Resources well in Tyler County produced 1. more »»

Forced Pooling, Taxes Discussed

January 18, 2015 WHEELING - State Sen. more »»

Obama Wants Drillers To Cut Methane Emissions

January 17, 2015 WHEELING - Industry leaders believe overall emissions of methane gas related to their operations are dropping. more »»

Gulfport Moving Into W.Va.

January 14, 2015 Gulfport Energy will soon get into the fracking game in West Virginia, according to documents filed in Ohio and Marshall counties. more »»

Officials plan shale fact-finding trip to North Dakota

January 4, 2015 PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A dozen local officials are heading north this winter to learn how a North Dakota city at ground zero of the shale boom dealt with a rapidly growing population. more »»

Top Stories of 2014: Under the River And Through the Pipes

December 30, 2014 MOUNDSVILLE - West Virginia leaders believe collecting lease money and royalties for natural gas drilling on state lands beneath the Ohio River will bolster the government budget for years to come. more »»

Drilling OK’d Under Park

December 27, 2014 Moundsville City Council has agreed to allow Chevron to drill for natural gas beneath Valley Fork Park, but officials said residents won't notice any surface disruption as a result. more »»

Marshall County EMS Granted Funding for Mobile Command Center

December 25, 2014 At the Marshall County Commission meeting Tuesday, a grant from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety totaling $115,000 completed the funding process for the Office of... more »»



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