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Top 5 stories of the week

Here were the top five Marcellus.com stories for the week of November 8-13. Thank you for reading and have a great weekend! 5. Allegheny Township residents consider appealing gas drill ruling Three Allegheny Township residents are weighing whether to again appeal the zoning ordinance that permits Marcellus shale natural gas well drilling throughout the township. A Westmoreland County judge recently upheld ...

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Shale gas industry flourishes in W.Va.’s Marshall County

Signs of a developing shale gas economy abound in Marshall County, W.Va. They dot the Ohio River south of Moundsville along state Route 2, where glistening fractionation towers rise above gas processing plants, powered by new electric substations across the highway. They fill parking lots with pickups, some with the out-of-state license plates of “pipeliners” who leaders hope will become ...

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Statoil, W.Va. agree on deal for drilling under Ohio River

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WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia and Statoil have agreed on a deal for natural gas and oil drilling under the Ohio River. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Norway-based Statoil plans to drill on about 474 acres of state-owned land under the river in Marshall and Wetzel counties. Statoil has agreed to pay an average price of $8,732 per acre. ...

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Ohio man killed, 2 other workers hurt in W.Va. mine accident

CAMERON, W.Va. — State officials are investigating a coal mine accident in Marshall County that killed one worker and injured two others. In a statement to media outlets, Murray Energy identified the miner who was killed as John M. “Mike” Garloch of Neffs, Ohio. The company says Garloch was a management employee. The injured miners haven’t been identified. Murray Energy ...

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W.Va., Noble negotiating deal for drilling under river

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is negotiating a lease with Noble Energy for oil and gas drilling under the Ohio River. Department of Commerce spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Registerthat Noble submitted the highest bid to lease a 1,400-acre state-owned tract under the river. Ruby says Noble has agreed to pay $3,500 per acre to lease ...

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W. Pa. gas metering station fire forces evacuation

HOUSTON, Pa. — A Christmas Eve fire at a natural gas metering station in western Pennsylvania forced about a dozen people from their homes. The Observer-Reporter reports nerves were rattled but no one was injured in the blaze Wednesday at the Williams Partners LP station in Chartiers Township, about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The fire broke out around 10 p.m. ...

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Contract to drill under Ohio River being finalized

West Virginia officials are in the process of finalizing plans to allow exploration of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations beneath the Ohio River, according to a report by The Intelligencer. Gastar Exploration is in the process of negotiating the contractual details for its plans to extract natural gas from 232 acres of state-owned minerals from underneath the Ohio River ...

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W.Va. to open bids on wildlife land fracking

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials are unveiling offers to frack under wildlife conservation land in Tyler County. On Friday in Charleston, the state Department of Commerce will publicly open bids for oil and natural gas rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area. The bid deadline on the 518 acres was Thursday. A 20-percent royalty on what’s extracted is required. ...

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Penn. and W. Va. landowners settle on group lease agreement

A group of landowners from Pennsylvania and West Virginia have reached a joint oil and gas lease deal worth over $100 million, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. One of the lawyers negotiating the deal for the landowners, Jonathan Turak, said in a statement, “This agreement represents the culmination of many months of hard work on our team’s part to deliver ...

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EDITORIAL: Marcellus boom

Last week — on the same day that Alpha Natural Resources announced closure of another southern West Virginia coal mine and the loss of 36 more miner jobs — news reports said a Texas gas firm will pay $100 million in up-front bonuses to some Northern Panhandle landowners for their Marcellus Shale drilling rights, and their future royalties could climb ...

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