Tagged West Virginia

Solar Eclipse Causes No Electrical Grid Issues, Thanks to Natural Gas

Solar companies and grid operators across the country spent ample time planning for this week’s solar eclipse, particularly in California and North Carolina, which dominate the country in solar output. Those efforts paid off, as consumers faced no issues, even as solar output was cut in half in California, dropping from 6,000 megawatts (MW) to…

Coal Supporters Still Trying to Stop WV NatGas Electric Plants

The West Virginia Public Service Commission will hear public hearing tomorrow on a proposed power plant in Brooke County, WV. The 750-megawatt Marcellus-fired electric plant will be built by Energy Solutions Consortium–the father and son team of Andrew and Matthew Dorn (based in Buffalo, NY). The Dorns are currently building another gas-fired plant–in Marshall County…

WV Legislature Panel on NatGas Dev Meets Tuesday, Forced Pooling?

The West Virginia Legislature has appointed a new Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development, composed of Senators and Delegates, to put their collective heads together to see how they can encourage more oil and gas development in the Mountain State. The committee will meet tomorrow for the first time. The effort is being supported by…

Appalachian Storage Hub Equals More Jobs: Let’s Get Cracking

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  The Appalachian Storage Hub is going to be the cornerstone of manufacturing for multiple regions while creating unprecedented economic opportunities.  The Appalachian region has been coal country for generations. Working in the mines is tough work and demands a special breed of people. Spawning generations of highly-skilled workers with…

Carbon Natural Gas Buys Cabot’s Conventional Wells in WV-OH-VA

Carbon Natural Gas Company, through its affiliate Carbon Appalachian Company, teased in a press release issued yesterday that the company has just completed the acquisition of “natural gas producing properties and related facilities” located “predominantly in the State of West Virginia” for $21.5 million. The release does not identify the seller–but MDN believes we know…

Corrosive Use of Legal System Attempts to Stop M-U Pipelines

Constant frivolous lawsuits against legal, legitimate businesses performing a valuable service for society is having a corrosive effect on our legal system. That’s the thought that hit MDN as we read, yet again, about lawsuits and actions against pipelines in Virginia and West Virginia. In Virginia, radicals from the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League are…

New Study Shows Business is Booming for Skilled Trades, Thanks to Pipelines

The Oil and Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, led by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and North America’s Building Trades Unions, released a report this week showing the tremendous amount of work the pipeline industry provided to skilled trades unions from 2006 to 2015. Now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) officially has a quorum…

Mountain Valley Pipe Pushes Back Against Emasculate FERC Lawsuit

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is not taking a ludicrous, outrageous lawsuit by anti-pipeline residents from West Virginia and Virginia lying down. They are fighting mad as recent court filings show. MVP is a $3.5 billion, 301-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA. A lawsuit was…

WVONGA Makes Plans to Push Forced Pooling Lite in 2018

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) plans to push, once again, for what MDN calls forced pooling lite in the next session of the legislature scheduled for early 2018. Forced pooling legislation in West Virginia has been put forward five times in the past seven years–and each time it has failed to…

Mountaineer Pipeline Under Potomac Latest Focus of Anti Movement

In April, MDN brought you the news that Columbia Pipeline (now owned by TransCanada) has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a 3.5 mile, 8-inch pipeline that will carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to connect the Mountaineer Gas system in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia with the Columbia…

WV Shale Well Initial Production Rates Jump 20% in One Year

Of the three Marcellus/Utica producing states–Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia–only WV reports well production on an annual basis. Not frequent enough! In July WV published production numbers for 2016. The exciting news is that on average, initial production (IP) of Marcellus/Utica shale wells surged 20% over 2015. IP is the amount of gas (or oil…

Potomac River Pipeline: 3 Miles of Controversy for West Virginia

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  TransCanada is seeking to build a 3-mile pipeline under the Potomac River to supply needed gas to West Virginia, but are facing the usual opposition.  Last April, Maryland was the first state with natural gas reserves to pass a law that outright bans fracking. Governor Hogan, a once ally…

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