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West Virginia Editorial Roundup

Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, Landisburg, West Virginia. (Image: Frank Kehren via Flickr - CC2.0)

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: The Exponent Telegram on the energy industry: March 30 For years, we’ve heard that the United States needs to become energy independent. And now, with the strength of the Marcellus and Utica natural gas formations, the country is closer than ever to reaching that goal. Historians and policymakers have said for decades that the ...

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Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators in Ohio approved two closely watched energy deals on Thursday allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio took a single combined vote on the power purchase agreements, which were separately filed by Akron-based FirstEnergy and ...

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Management Team Expanded to Support Growth in Marcellus/Utica Region

Audubon Field Solutions, a global provider of field, pipeline, and engineering services to the oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce two new executive hires and an expansion in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Photo: Pixabay

HOUSTON, TX–Audubon Field Solutions, a global provider of field, pipeline, and engineering services to the oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce two new executive hires and an expansion in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Kurt Newbrough was appointed to Director of Survey and Scott Shaver was named Operations Manager. They join the Audubon Field Solutions team after running their own ...

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Rex Energy announces $175 million joint exploration and development agreement

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) (“Rex Energy” or the “company”) announced a new $175 million joint exploration and development agreement in the Moraine East and Warrior North Operated Areas. Rex Energy has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Benefit Street Partners L.L.C. (“BSP”) to jointly develop 58 specifically designated wells ...

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Chesapeake halts Marcellus and Utica drilling

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Yesterday Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) stock bounced back after its quarterly report was released. Investor confidence increased as assets were sold off and the company’s liquidity increased. Chesapeake should be able to pay its upcoming debts with the cash from the asset sales. Agreements to sell $700 million in gas fields and other assets were made. The company plans to sell between ...

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Democrats’ US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry

Democrats' US Senate race heats up over natural gas industry

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary, where there are few differences over issues, jousting over natural gas drilling is providing an opening. It flared in recent days over the question of campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, while two of the three candidates declared their support for a halt to hydraulic fracturing on both public ...

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New Pennsylvania drilling regulations up for review

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On Feb. 3, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) passed oil and gas drilling regulation revisions, according to . The new regulations will be sent to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, the State House and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees for review. Amendments to the regulations include improved transparency, protection of water resources, protection of public health and safety, as well ...

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The Latest: Fracking tax not on legislative leaders’ agenda

View of an oil and gas drilling rig from a rig floor operating in Alberta, Canada. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — The Latest from a forum for journalists organized by The Associated Press (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Republican and Democratic leaders of the state legislature say now is the not the time to change Ohio’s tax on oil and gas drillers, saying it could be problematic to the industry. A severance tax increase has been a priority ...

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Tests find high levels of lead in tap water at Ohio village

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SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples. The EPA says that 618 homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County have submitted tap water samples so ...

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Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania government will set a modern state record for budget gridlock on Tuesday when Gov. Tom Wolf sends lawmakers a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the current fiscal year that began back in July. The first-term Democrat will deliver an approximately $32 billion plan for 2016-17 to the ...

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