Antero to pay $3.15 million fine for pollution violations in West Virginia

On February 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed a settlement in federal court requiring Antero to pay a $3.15 million fine over damages involving fracking, according to The State. The Colorado-based natural gas producer was found in violation of the Clean Water Act for illegally disposing of dredge in waters at 32 drilling sites across West Virginia. In addition to paying the fine, Antero is responsible for restoring the water supplies affected and the surrounding areas.  For more, read the full story

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Shale Crescent recognizes regional goals

Greg Kozera, the director of marketing for Shale Crescent USA, recently penned an op-ed for The State Journal detailing his team’s progress towards achieving their dreams for the once economically depressed Shale Crescent Region. He chronicled their motivations, increased respect from the 2017 to 2018 World Petrochemical Conferences, and future actions. For more, read the full story.  

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West Virginia joins international Energy Coalition

West Virginia was unanimously admitted to the Energy Council on Sept. 23, an international coalition focused on energy-related issues within states and international provinces, according to The Weirton Daily Times. The council provides a nonpartisan forum for legislators to dialogue on current energy issues and best practices, and is now comprised of 13 states and two Canadian provinces. For more, read the full story

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More development on the horizon for the tri-state area

The Tri-State area (Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) will continue to grow as an oil and gas production hotspot in the coming years, Bryce Custer recently speculated to the Herald-Star, because the area is extremely attractive to investors. For example, the recent JSW Steel of India acquisition in the region may prompt the return of a steelmaking. For more, read the full story.

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Shale Crescent USA proposes rebranding Appalachia as the “Shale Crescent”

At a recent Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce event, Shale Crescent USA Marketing Director Greg Kozera shared his company’s vision of rebranding the region as the “Shale Crescent” to promote economic development, according to the Wheeling News-Register. Along with rebranding itself, Kozera also suggested constructing a petrochemical storage hub and keeping gas and oil industry taxes low. For more, read the full story

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Appalachian Storage Hub Conference speakers agree now is the time to build

The petrochemical industry in Appalachia is currently booming with the Shell ethane cracker under construction and other projects planned in the tri-state area. The Gulf Coast has many large storage hubs for the petrochemical industry, but industry experts at the Appalachian Storage Hub Conference agreed the Appalachian region needs its own storage areas to reach full output potential, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The payoff associated with an Appalachian storage hub is massive reports a recent American Chemistry Council study; it could spur billions of dollars in investment and create nearly 100,000 jobs.  For more, read the full story

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Leaders See Wheeling Opportunity Zone As ‘Good Tool’

West Virginia lawmakers recently announced that five zones in Wheeling, Weirton and in Wetzel, Tyler and Marshall counties have been certified ‘Opportunity Zones’. The Intelligencer reported that the newly certified zones will be beneficial for energy projects in the area and a good tool for business development. For more, read the full story

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FERC allows start of Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction in West Virginia

Marcellus Drilling News reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given permission to Dominion Energy to begin construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia. The news site says the $6.5 billion natural gas line will run from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. Click here to read more.

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Rex Energy plans to file for bankruptcy

Rex Energy Corp., a Pennsylvania-based oil and natural gas company, plans to file for bankruptcy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper says Rex, which operates in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, disclosed in its quarterly report with the Securities & Exchange Commission that it could not come to an agreement with lenders after missing a debt payment in April 2018, and would be seeking protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. For more, read the full story.

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Thrasher: Steel tariffs should not hurt China Energy investments in West Virginia

West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said President Donald Trump’s proposed 25% tariff on steel imports should not derail China Energy Investment Corp.’s plan to build $83.7 billion worth of ethane “crackers,” power plants and related natural gas infrastructure in the state, according to the Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register. “We don’t think those tariffs are going to impact the situation,” Thrasher said during a West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association conference in Wheeling. “We feel like it’s a fundamentally, really good, win-win situation for both China Energy and our country.” For more, read the full story.

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