Monthly Archives: August 2011

Morgan Messenger Editorial – 8 July 2011

Recently we suggested starting a local committee to study whether gas drilling in Marcellus Shale will affect Morgan County and how to prevent negative impacts here. Seems like such drilling — and the “fracking” that’s part of the process — has become a hot national topic in the last few weeks.

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Piping natural gas liquids

One of the issues of natural gas development is transporting the product. One proposal is to build a plant in the W. Va. northern panhandle to ship gas far away.

Read this article in The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register

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WV Geologic and Economic Survey

Click to view the Marcellus page of the web site of the WV Geologic and Economic Survey. Many maps and data available for viewing.

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WV Commerce Department Page

Click for the WV Commerce Department’s web page regarding Marcellus Shale

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WVU Geology Dept Presentation

Gas Shale in the Appalachian Basin
Technical and Societal Challenges and Opportunities
Timothy R Carr, Department of Geology & Geography,West Virginia University

Download the Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (6MB). You will need the PowerPoint Viewer or program to view this document.

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Morgantown Court Order Overturning Band

Click to download/view the actual court order issued by the honorable judge Susan B. Tucker on 12 Aug 2012, where the city of Morgantown’s ban on gas drilling was overturned.

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New Martinsville Overturns Ban

Press release from the WV Oil and Natural Gas Association. 17 Aug 2011. Regarding New Martinsville’s overturn of its ban on natural gas development.

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Morgantown drilling ban invalidated by court ruling

MORGANTOWN (AP) – A court ruling that invalidates Morgantown’s ban on Marcellus shale gas drilling gives West Virginia’s oil and gas producers the certainty they need to keep expanding operations, an industry leader said Monday.

Read this article from The (Martinsburg) Journal

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WV Sierra Club Position Paper

Position paper issued by West Virginia Sierra Club

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Upcoming Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance

U. S. House of Representatives – Democratic Leaders Underscore Significance of EPA’s Diesel Fuel Definition in Upcoming Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance
Aug 8, 2011

Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Edward J. Markey, Diana DeGette, and Rush Holt sent a letter to the EPA urging the agency to craft a definition of “diesel fuel” for its upcoming guidance on permitting hydraulic fracturing activities that is broad enough to protect human health and require permitting for all diesel fuels, including those that contain benzene and other toxic components. Read the Article >>

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