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LATEST: National Emergency Grant funding secured for workers affected by layoffs in coal industry

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Patriot Coal issued warnings that it could lay off employees at its Wells mining complex near Wharton and its Corridor G complex near Danville. More>>

Council hears pro, con testimony on parks drilling in Western Pa.

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Council members in western Pennsylvania heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park. The Allegheny County Council is considering a proposal to allow Range Resources and Huntley Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring properties. More>>

Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

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The administration first proposed the rule back in 2010, when it said it would fight a resurgence of black lung disease. The Mine Safety and Health Administration held seven public hearings, extended the comment period three times, and got around 2,000 pages of comments. It took 3 ½ years for the rule to be finalized. More>>

Marshall Co. makes plans for natural gas combined cycle power plant

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The project still needs to obtain state and federal approvals to develop and build the plant, but organizers anticipate construction to begin in 2015 and operations to begin by 2018. More>>

WV DEP Lifts Cease Operations Order to Antero at Harrison, Doddridge Sites

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Oil and Gas have issued violation notices to Antero Resources. More>>

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

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After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking. More>>

Engineering, mineral resources program makes connections

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The Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is wrapping up a year of connecting hands-on activities to elementary, middle and high school students. More>>

WV Waterborne coal traffic down

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The amount of coal moved on waterways in West Virginia was down in the first quarter of this year, continuing a long-term trend.  More>>

James River Coal wants to auction off business

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The Richmond-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month as it faced challenges from the weak economy, environmental regulations and competition from natural gas. More>>

New report shows top lenders to coal companies

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A new report released April 17 tracks the financiers of coal companies.


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200 at meeting on Pennsylvania Shell plant plans

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Shell has an option to purchase a 300-acre industrial site on the Ohio River from Horsehead Corp., and demolition of a zinc factory that was there has already begun. But a Shell manager stressed that's no guarantee the multibillion-dollar plant will be built. More>>

FirstEnergy presents donation to St. Joseph's Foundation of Buckhannon

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The donation will go toward renovation of the hospital's chapel along with the renovation of a wing of the hospital to become a new skilled nursing facility. More>>

Lumberport Man Seeks DEP Assistance After Mine Drainage Damages Home Video included

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About four years ago, Chris Swiger set out to build his dream home on the land that has been in his family for decades. But now the product of that dream is literally sinking into the ground. More>>

Shell to discuss shale gas plant proposal

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But Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said there's still no guarantee that the project will be built. More>>

Noble Energy announces upcoming management change

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Noble Energy has announced that Charles D. Davidson, its chairman and CEO since 2000, plans to retire May 1, 2015. More>>

River sweep volunteers needed

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The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, along with several state and environmental agencies from Pennsylvania through Illinois, is looking for volunteers for the 25th annual River Sweep. More>>

Industry to push again for pooling in natural gas shales

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An industry push to allow pooling in natural gas-rich shale formations died in the recently concluded sessions of the state Legislature, but supporters vow to try again. More>>

WV DEP Shuts Down Antero Site in Doddridge County Following Tank Rupture

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Production at Antero's Marsden Well Pad in Doddridge County has been shut down following a production tank rupture Friday morning. More>>

Consol Energy Gas production hits record high

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Consol Energy's natural gas production is up. More>>

Marcellus Shale impact still large in Wetzel Co.

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Wetzel County has always been a producer of natural gas, but a boom in the Marcellus Shale gas shale drilling really put it on the map for the Mountain State. More>>

Taylor County Residents Voice Concerns About New Mine Shaft Near State Park

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Some of the best things about Tygart Lake are its beauty, the relaxation it offers, and the weekend getaways it offers. But officials are concerned an upcoming project at a nearby mine could change things. More>>

Dow Chemical's Bem to discuss 'Shale Gale' challenges at WVU seminar

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Dow Chemical's David Bem will deliver the 2014 Dow Chemical Company/WVU Chemical Engineering Seminar, "The Shale Gale is Blowing: Plotting a Course that Avoids the Shoals and Rocks," at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11 in the Grand Hall of the Art Museum of West Virginia University. More>>

James River Coal Files Bankruptcy

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James River Coal Company announced April 7 the company and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization. More>>

Ohio County miner indicted on 29 counts of falsifying safety records

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Sean A. Chase, 31, of Spencer, a coal miner who claimed to be foreman but wasn't, has been charged with falsifying safety records at an Ohio County coal mine.

 
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Marshall County Pipeline Explosion Results in Fire Video included

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Moundsville Police responded to a pipeline explosion Saturday morning in Marshall County. More>>

Dow Chemical Company/WVU Chemical Engineering Seminar April 11

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David Bem, vice president of research and development with The Dow Chemical Company will deliver the 2014 Dow Chemical Company/WVU Chemical Engineering Seminar.


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Arch Coal one of InformationWeek Elite 100 as Business Technology Innovator

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Arch Coal Inc. was selected among the nation's top users of business technology as part of the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100. More>>

Cenergy honored by Oil and Gas Awards

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Cenergy, LLC has been named the 2013 Construction Company of the Year for the Northeast Region by the Oil & Gas Awards. More>>

Upper Big Branch 'documentary' released by Blankenship

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Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship released a documentary titled Upper Big Branch: Never Again on March 31 More>>

MSHA Cites Company in November 2012 Coal Slurry Death

Robinson Run Mine Robinson Run Mine
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A new report released by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration indicates a mining company tried to expand a Harrison County coal-slurry impoundment faster than was considered to be safe. More>>

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  • Brush Fire Burns on Herndon Mountain

    Brush Fire Burns on Herndon Mountain

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:09:30 GMT
    Brush Fire on Herndon Mountain taken by Larry MarrsBrush Fire on Herndon Mountain taken by Larry Marrs
    A large brush fire is burning in Wyoming County Thursday night (4/24). The fire is covering around 160 acres on Herndon Mountain near Garwood and Alpoca.
    A large brush fire is burning in Wyoming County Thursday night (4/24). The fire is covering around 160 acres on Herndon Mountain near Garwood and Alpoca.
  • Gala to be Held for the Restoration of the John Henry Museum and Gift Shop

    Gala to be Held for the Restoration of the John Henry Museum and Gift Shop

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:53:29 GMT
    HINTON -- The Hinton Hope Foundation, along with the John Henry Historical Society, are hosting a fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The proceeds of the event will go towards the renovation of the new John Henry Museum and Gift Shop in Talcott. The gala will be held at the 19th century building, which is the future site of the museum. John Henry memorabilia, historic paintings, and antiques will be up for auction and local bands will provide entertainment.The renovation...
    HINTON -- The Hinton Hope Foundation, along with the John Henry Historical Society, are hosting a fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The proceeds of the event will go towards the renovation of the new John Henry Museum and Gift Shop in Talcott. The gala will be held at the 19th century building, which is the future site of the museum. John Henry memorabilia, historic paintings, and antiques will be up for auction and local bands will provide entertainment.The renovation...
  • Bud/Alpoca dirty water runs clear, for now?

    Bud/Alpoca dirty water runs clear, for now?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:52:23 GMT
    In Wyoming County, people in Bud and Alpoca have been living without clean water for almost a year.
    In Wyoming County, people in Bud and Alpoca have been living without clean water for almost a year.