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Fracking Creates Opportunities, Yet Brings Controversy

February 26, 2013 WHEELING — Energy companies are willing to pay about $7 million to drill each Marcellus or Utica shale well in the local region to reach the natural gas and oil trapped beneath the ground. more »»

Shale Rush Changing Ohio Valley

February 26, 2013 WHEELING — In one week last year, a Marcellus and Utica Shale leasing company paid about $60 million in signing bonuses to Belmont County mineral owners. more »»

W.Va. Legislature May Consider Forced Pooling

February 26, 2013 WHEELING — As the West Virginia Legislature works this month and next in Charleston, Corky DeMarco contemplates whether to make a push for natural gas drillers to gain the right of forced poolin. more »»

Billions Are Being Invested in Processing

February 26, 2013 NATRIUM — The plant has yet to process its first barrel of butane, but Dominion Resources and Caiman Energy have struck a $1. more »»

Mindset Changing on Alternative Energy in Ohio Valley

February 26, 2013 For years, many have believed that alternative energy sources — primarily wind and solar energy — did not have much of a home in the hilly Upper Ohio Valley, simply because the sun doesn’t shine... more »»

Natural Gas Could Be Used in Place of Gasoline

February 26, 2013 WHEELING — When some think of cars that run on natural gas, they may believe style and horsepower will need to be left in the dust to use this alternative fue. more »»

Smart Grid Technology Could Save Customers

February 26, 2013 MOUNDSVILLE — Though the technology known as the “smart grid” has been discussed in theory for years, ever-increasing electricity costs have some power companies putting more emphasis on making it a... more »»

Natural Gas a Boom for Railroads

February 26, 2013 An area’s economic vitality can often be gauged by its rail service, and in the Ohio Valley, the rail business is on an upward swing. more »»

Joseph Taking Big Steps at Touchstone

February 26, 2013 TRIADELPHIA — As energy costs continue heading upward, Touchstone Research Laboratory may have the answer to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil: algae. more »»

Gone Are the Glory Days of Steel

February 26, 2013 MINGO JUNCTION — Steelmaking in the Ohio Valley has taken its share of hits over the years — labor strikes, sales, layoffs — but possibly none hurt more than in 2012, when RG Steel, the owner of the... more »»

Drilling Industry Breeds Manufacturing

February 26, 2013 WHEELING — Just because natural gas drillers supply many of their own workers and services does not mean the Upper Ohio Valley will not gain manufacturing jobs from the shale rush. more »»

Plant Continues to Produce Clean, Renewable Energy

February 26, 2013 NEW MARTINSVILLE — While the Ohio River “flow” has been slightly below normal for the past few years, New Martinsville/Hannibal Hydroelectric Plant Manager Chuck Stora said any source of clean,... more »»

Coal and Gas Cooperating

February 26, 2013 BEALLSVILLE — Communication is key when natural gas drillers work in areas that also have active coal mining operations, and leaders of both industries said they cooperate with each other as much as... more »»

PPG Natrium Now Axiall Corp.

February 26, 2013 By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer NATRIUM — Nearly 70 years after starting chemical production at its local site, the PPG Industries Natrium plant now operates under the Axiall Cor. more »»

Coal Industry Future a National Concern

February 26, 2013 ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The future of coal in America is a primary concern in the Upper Ohio Valley, and local industry leaders acknowledge they need to adapt to changing regulations and new competition. more »»

Geothermal Energy Growing in Local Area

February 26, 2013 GLEN DALE — When the Cockayne Farmstead was built 150 years ago, the latest “green” technology was used in the home’s heating and cooling systems. more »»

What Is Ormet’s Future?

February 26, 2013 HANNIBAL — Ormet Corp. survived daunting challenges in the past year, but company and union officials appear hesitant to discuss how well the company is positioned for the future. more »»

Industrial Waste Recycled for Use

February 26, 2013 MOUNDSVILLE — Synthetic gypsum wallboard such as that produced at Certainteed in Marshall County not only is high-tech, it also can be beneficial to the environment. more »»

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