As usual, the Monday Intelligencer consists of week-old local news and PR releases
The top story:
Wheeling Taking Steps to Fix Flooding Problems
This story tells us that the city is taking steps to fix the flooding that has become a problem in parts of the city. The city announced these steps six days ago.
Residents Speak In . . .
Yesterday’s U.S. edition of The Guardian asks the question:
Will a push for plastics turn Appalachia into next ‘Cancer Alley’?
From early in the article:
At a time when scientists warn humans must stop pulling fossil fuels out of the ground and spewing plastics into the . . .
A Bethany reader keeps me informed
Bethany’s fracking problem
One of my readers from Bethany, West Virginia made me aware of the problems that small college town 17 miles north of Wheeling is having with the noise from local fracking. Not surprisingly, it has received no coverage from our local Wheeling TV station or the Wheeling “newspapers.” Last week, WTOV in . . .
A recent Intelligencer editorial tells us: “Gas Executive Right on Values”
Saturday’s Intelligencer editorial explains how new ownership at the large fracking company, EQT, cares about West Virginia. “Gas Executive Right on Values” tells us:
West Virginians are big on the concept of being good neighbors. So, when the head of the second-largest natural gas producer in our state talks about “old-school . . .
For the extraction industries, some things never change
Last Friday, DeSmog Blog reported on an “an industry conference focused on wooing petrochemical producers to West Virginia.” The article explained:
Why should petrochemical companies build in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio? For one thing, don’t expect regulation of shale gas drilling, Michael Graney, executive . . .
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Your West Virginia legislature at work (or in the case of fracking, not at work)
From WV Metro News earlier this evening:
Senate Finance passes 3-year steam coal tax cut
Senator Doug Facemire (D – Braxton) stated the obvious:
“Are we helping the miners and the counties, or are we just going to stick this money the coal companies’ pockets?” Facemire asked.
The . . .
New major study finds “no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health”
A team of researchers on Tuesday released a "blistering" report on the serious public health threats—from headaches to asthma to cancer—posed by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process of injecting a mix of water and chemicals into rocks to release oil and natural gas.
The study—described as . . .
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