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Figures show W.Va. economy grew 5.1 percent in 2014


CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia had the third-fastest economic growth in the nation last year with the mining industry leading the charge. A boom in natural gas drilling, not the struggling coal industry, led the expansion. The U.S. Department of Commerce said West Virginia’s real gross domestic product grew 5.1 percent to $68 billion in 2014, up from $64.7 billion ...

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Butler County landowners allege revenue loss in gas suit

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Thirteen property owners have sued two environmental groups and five Butler County residents who challenged Middlesex’s zoning ordinances, arguing that they’re interfering with the landowners’ right to earn money from natural gas drilling. “It’s something I’ve never seen,” said attorney Steven Townsend of ShaleAdvice LLC in Pittsburgh, which describes itself as an advocate for landowners. It is not involved in ...

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Smaller properties in Alle-Kiski Valley remain attractive to drillers

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Arnold officials chuckled a few years ago when resident Dennis Haracznak suggested they look into leasing city-owned property for natural gas drilling. Haracznak isn’t laughing: “We want to make money. The city’s in debt, and we’re sitting on top of a trillion bucks.” City officials were skeptical any Arnold-owned property would be large enough to support a natural gas well, ...

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Monday Update: Proposed deal on gas-drilling suit won’t halt others, lawyers say

The proposed $11 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit involving payments to natural gas leaseholders will not affect the viability of two pending lawsuits that raise similar claims, attorneys representing the plaintiffs said. Thomas McNamara, attorney for plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last month by the A&B Campbell Family LLC Trust, and Robert Schaub, attorney for leaseholders represented in a ...

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Frostburg State project records public comments on fracking

FRIENDSVILLE, Md. — Frostburg State University students are recording public comments about prospects for natural gas drilling in western Maryland. They’re holding a “listening event” Tuesday in Friendsville as part of a project to document local opinions about the drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Associate Professor Kara Rogers Thomas says students in her Appalachian folklore class began making ...

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What to expect in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his state budget for the year starting July 1. Here’s what to expect: THE BUDGET A spending plan that could top $30 billion for the first time, including addressing a projected $2 billion funding shortfall, increasing aid for education and meeting the state’s rising contributions to state pension funds. SCHOOL FUNDING SHIFT Various ...

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Report: Dutch authorities put gas revenues ahead of safety

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An independent report into natural gas drilling that has triggered a rash of small earthquakes in the northern Netherlands said Wednesday that energy companies and the government put production ahead of people’s safety in their decision making. The Dutch Safety Board reached the conclusion in a report prompted by dozens of small but damaging earthquakes caused ...

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Va. county calls for disclosure of fracking chemicals


ABINGDON, Va. — The Washington County Board of Supervisors says drilling companies should disclose chemicals they use in fracking. Media outlets report that the board passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the state to require disclosure of chemicals used in the natural gas drilling method. The resolution states that landowners should know what is placed on their property so they ...

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Western Md. coalition seeks looser gas drilling regulations

GRANTSVILLE, Md. — A coalition of western Maryland landowners, businesses and labor groups says the state’s proposed rules for natural gas drilling go too far. The Energy and Property Rights Coalition asked the administration of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday to put on hold the regulations proposed by his predecessor, Democrat Martin O’Malley, shortly before O’Malley left office last ...

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Gas concerns for Butler Twp. water

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Most residents of Butler Township draw water from wells, and a township supervisor doesn’t want prospective gas drilling to affect their supplies. Dr. Frank Polidora suggested sampling wells to learn about the water quality now so residents would know if future activities such as drilling cause changes. He also wants to learn about the aquifers that supply the township and ...

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