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Health agency says it's OK to use Dan River in North Carolina after February coal ash spill

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The Department of Health and Human Services recommendation Tuesday comes a week after federal environmental officials said Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River. More>>

Poor metallurgical coal market causes Cumberland River mining complex to close

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Arch Coal announced July 21 that it will be idling its Cumberland River Coal Company Complex in Appalachia, Virginia due to poor metallurgical coal markets, eventually eliminating 213 full-time positions. More>>

Project under construction at Kentucky coal plant will catch carbon dioxide

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The $19.5 million testing facility under construction at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg would capture and separate carbon dioxide from the emission stream after the coal is burned. Kentucky Gov. The facility is expected to be completed later this year and testing will conclude in 2016. More>>

Ohio steel company acquires assets in Severstal, part owner of Mountain State Carbon

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Ohio-based AK Steel has signed a $700 million cash agreement to acquire Severstal North America’s integrated steelmaking assets in Dearborn, Michigan, as well as a cokemaking facility and interests in three joint ventures that process flat-rolled steel products, the company announced July 21. More>>

Bethany College gets in the gas business

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In the Village of Bethany, you will find Bethany College, a post office and Chambers General Store. And on a hot summer morning, you’ll be lucky to see a car on Main Street.
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Pa. community college plans process technology curriculum

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It started with a week-long trip to Texas and a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

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UVA professor proposes resourceful approach to reducing emissions

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The push to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, which are a major source of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, has been rapidly growing stronger over the last several years, and companies throughout the power sector have been scrambling to come up with a solution. More>>

Q&A: Shawn Patterson

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As the popularity of natural gas continues to gain momentum throughout the country, Shawn Patterson, president of operations and project delivery for Columbia Pipeline Group, sees big things to come for the industry in West Virginia. More>>

Tiny insects threaten State’s hemlock tree population

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The hemlock tree is used in West Virginia for many things, but it has been threatened by disease throughout the last decade. More>>

Ohio River shows signs of flexing its mussels

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Matthew Magruder gets pumped about mussels. As manager of visitor services for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Magruder is obviously concerned about the condition of the stream. Approximately 40 mussel species do their share by providing a living under water filtration system for the river.

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High costs keep renewable energy at bay in West Virginia

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As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to roll out proposals to lower emissions from power generation facilities, the energy sector has been encouraged to look toward using renewable sources of energy — a premise that has garnered mixed feelings throughout the Mountain State.
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DEP issues violations, halts operations at surface mine near Kanawha State Forest

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection inspectors have issued two violations, including one that has partially halted work operations, to the new Keystone Industries mountaintop removal site near Kanawha State Forest in the last two weeks. More>>

UPDATE: WVCAG tries to pump the brakes on AEP's Mitchell Plant acquisition

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American Electric Power’s latest attempt at acquiring half of the Mitchell Power Plant in Moundsville is causing controversy among industry experts. More>>

WVDEP urging tank owners to question process; register tanks

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said July 17 they are urging tank owners to register with them before the Oct. 1 deadline. With just two and a half months to go before the aboveground storage tank registration deadline, the DEP said tank owners with questions about the process should come forward so they can get their registrations submitted on time. More>>

Denver natural gas company to open transport facility in Parkersburg, WV

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Concord Energy, a Denver-based natural gas and crude oil transportation company, has plans to open a new Utica and Marcellus condensate and natural gas liquid (NGL) truck to rail transload site in Parkersburg, the company announced July 11. More>>

Clarksburg, WV water truck driver dies in Pennsylvania crash

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Authorities say a truck driver who carried water for the oil and gas industry was killed and another driver was injured in a western Pennsylvania crash. More>>

UPDATE: Court sides with EPA in mining permit process, WV lawmakers fight back

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After several-year battle in the court system, the Environmental Protection Agency came out with a victory July 11 when a federal appeals court panel upheld the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining. More>>

DEP: Freedom Industries tank demo in process

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The tank demolition process at the Freedom Industries site, responsible for the leak of MCHM into the Elk River, officially started July 15. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said the project will last two to four weeks – barring no major weather delays. More>>

West Virginia lacks in clean energy leadership, study says

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For those interested in the clean energy business, West Virginia isn’t the place to be, according to Clean Edge’s 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. More>>

West Virginia has relatively high energy costs but low electricity prices, WalletHub study says

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As temperatures rise, so do energy costs and consumption. To help consumers prepare for the wallet-draining summer ahead, WalletHub released a study comparing the most and least energy-expensive states. More>>

Miners memorial sparks prosperous plans for dying WV town

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On March 2, 1915, 112 coal miners lost their lives in the worst mine disaster in Fayette County history. On June 28, community members unveiled the Layland Miners Memorial. More>>

U.S Chemical Safety Board to release new information July 16 at public meeting

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New information from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will be released during a public meeting on July 16. The board will hold the public meeting to release findings and draft safety recommendations from a fatal dust explosion as well as their investigation into the Jan. 9 chemical leak of MCHM. More>>

Judge rules Michigan bid-rigging case against Chesapeake Energy can go to trial

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A Michigan judge has ruled bid-rigging allegations against Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. can proceed to trial. More>>

UPDATE: Notable progress made since Tuesday storms, but more than 5,000 still without power

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FirstEnergy crews are still working hard to restore power to thousands of people after strong thunderstorms and high winds on July 8 caused power outages for approximately 167,000 customers in West Virginia in Maryland. More>>

Study suggests MCHM could be more toxic than originally reported

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Six months after the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries chemical spill, when thousands of gallons of MCHM spilled into the Elk River, environmental engineer Andrew Whelton released new data that suggests the toxicity levels of Crude MCHM are much higher than had been previously reported. More>>

EPA proposes plan to prohibit chemicals used in refrigeration and air conditioning

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to prohibit the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons in aerosols, motor vehicle air conditioning, retail food refrigeration and vending machines, and foam blowing, the agency announced July 10. More>>

WV American Water gives $10,000 in grants to local fire departments

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West Virginia American Water awarded more than $10,000 to 17 local fire departments throughout the state through its new Firefighting Support Grant Program. More>>

WV Rep. Nick Rahall on funding bill: This bill is a wrench in the gears of EPA's machine

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“The message to the EPA in this bill is plain and simple: you cannot continue to churn out regulation upon regulation without regard for their effect on our economy and the jobs of our citizens,” Rahall said.  More>>

Study says US employees can expect salary raises in 2015, oil and gas sector tops the totem pole

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A study released by Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, forecasts median base salary increases for U.S. employees across the board in 2015, but employees in the oil and gas sector can anticipate the brightest financial future overall. More>>

Wyoming County coal mine issued 38 health, safety violations

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The United States Mine Safety and Health Administration issued 38 violations to a Wyoming County coal mine after inspectors determined that conditions of the mine put miners at risk of developing black lung disease and increased the potential for deadly explosions. More>>

AEP Foundation donates $50,000 to WVU and WVU Tech STEM camps

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The American Electric Power Foundation has donated $50,000 to West Virginia University and the WVU Institute of Technology for science, technology, engineering and math summer camps. More>>

Murray Energy sues Foresight Energy subsidiary for confidentiality breach

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Murray Energy filed a lawsuit against Williamson Energy for an alleged breach of a confidentiality agreement, claims Williamson had “clear intent to illegally block Murray Energy’s operations." More>>

Gallons of Gelatinous Fracking Agent Cleaned Up After Being Dumped in Harrison County Community

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is monitoring a non-toxic fracking chemical spill that happened on June 22 on Route 20 in Brown, Harrison County, near Wallace and is urging the company involved to take  responsibility. More>>

Rice Energy purchases Marcellus shale wells, acreage in neighboring Pennsylvania County

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Rice Energy is purchasing about 12 developed Marcellus shale wells in western Green County, Pennsylvania, which borders West Virginia, the company announced today. More>>

Wheeling Miner Appreciation Celebration to feature coal miner’s daughter picture book author

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“Shovelful of Sunshine” author Stacie Hutton will be making an appearance to sign copies of her book at the Miner Appreciation Celebration at Cabela’s in Wheeling July 4 and 5. More>>

West Virginia Electric making the shift toward natural gas

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Fairmont-based West Virginia Electric will begin providing electrical services to the Marcellus and Utica Gas fields in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, the company announced June 30. More>>

Kentucky Official: New EPA rule won't affect power plants

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Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy John Lyons predicted Kentucky would have no coal-fired power plants left by 2050.  More>>

Ormet to Sell Mineral Rights for $22 Million Video included

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A Delaware bankruptcy judge has given Ormet approval this week to sell mineral rights to a company called Triad Hunter. More>>

Mississippi petroleum company to enhance Appalachian facilities

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Ergon Inc., a private petroleum refinery and distribution company based in Mississippi, announced plans July 1 to enhance its subsidiaries in the Appalachian Basin, including a Newell, West Virginia facility. More>>

Researchers say WV fish population down from mountaintop mining

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According to new research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Appalichian streams impacted by mountaintop mining have less than half as many fish species in them.Mountaintop mining is a type of surface mining used to extract coal in Appalachia by moving surface layers of soil and rock into adjacent valleys, creating “valley fills.” More>>

WVU Extension offers workshops to help property owners renegotiate oil and gas leases

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The West Virginia University Extension Service is offering assistance July 22 to property owners faced with renegotiating or renewing their natural gas leases in Wheeling and West Union. More>>

Felman to restart furnace at silicomanganese plant in New Haven, WV

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Felman Production is restarting one of three furnaces at its silicomanganese plant in New Haven, West Virginia , and a second could resume operations by the end of July. More>>

Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission elects new chairman

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Thomas Easterly of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been elected chairman of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, effective July 1. 
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WV AEP customers subject to rate increases

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American Electric Power subsidiaries Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power filed a request with the West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 30 for a $226 million revenue increase, which would raise rates in West Virginia by about 17 percent. More>>

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  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
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  • Poor metallurgical coal market causes Cumberland River mining complex to close

    Poor metallurgical coal market causes Cumberland River mining complex to close

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:42:32 GMT
    Arch Coal announced July 21 that it will be idling its Cumberland River Coal Company Complex in Appalachia, Virginia due to poor metallurgical coal markets, eventually eliminating 213 full-time positions.
    Arch Coal announced July 21 that it will be idling its Cumberland River Coal Company Complex in Appalachia, Virginia due to poor metallurgical coal markets, eventually eliminating 213 full-time positions.
  • Charles Town bakery owner makes edible works of art

    Charles Town bakery owner makes edible works of art

    Saturday, July 19 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-19 12:00:16 GMT
    Charles Town resident and bakery owner Sarah Schottler is an artist — and sugar cookies are her canvas. Each cookie that comes from her kitchen is baked to order and then lovingly decorated by hand.
    Charles Town resident and bakery owner Sarah Schottler is an artist — and sugar cookies are her canvas. Each cookie that comes from her kitchen is baked to order and then lovingly decorated by hand.
  • Does Common Core add up?

    Does Common Core add up?

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:30:08 GMT

    West Virginia parents weigh in on the debate over new educational standards.

    West Virginia parents weigh in on the debate over new educational standards.