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From around the net: A look at some recent fracking stories that impact our area

Cancer Alley?

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 . . .

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October 12, 2019

Fracking news

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 . . .

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September 08, 2019

Still shilling for the fracking industry

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 . . .

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September 02, 2019

DeSmog Blog headline explains who runs West Virginia

For the extraction industries, some things never change

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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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April 16, 2019

Is it unfair to say that the fossil fuel industry runs this state?

Your West Virginia legislature at work (or in the case of fracking, not at work)

Coal

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 . . .

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March 06, 2019

The dangers of fracking

New major study finds “no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health”

From EcoWatch:

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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March 14, 2018

WV fracking news not being covered locally

Here are a couple of fracking stories found in some of the state's newspapers.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) gets rid of nuisance protection

Ken Ward Jr. reports in this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Less than two weeks after taking office, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration quietly . . .

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February 12, 2017

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