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Monroe residents express opinions on Marcellus shale proposal
Residents of Monroe County are weighing in on recent proposals by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other lawmakers to utilize the Marcellus shale for economic development.
Renewables part of a diverse energy port
Natural gas may drastically alter the economic landscape of West Virginia, but the Marcellus shale development has some West Virginians wondering why time, money and effort aren’t being directed into developing a robust renewable energy industry in West Virginia instead.
Natural gas may soften the blow of declining coal prices
Diversification of the state’s energy market could guard West Virginia from a predicted decline in coal prices.
Coal industry leaders welcome natural gas, say both benefit W.Va.
Editor’s Note: The Register-Herald is publishing an exclusive series of reports focusing on natural gas and the Marcellus shale, concluding today. More than 20 stories were developed through dozens of interviews conducted by Register-Herald Reporter Taylor Kuykendall.
Coal’s history provides lessons for state, industry to use to ensure gas impact is positive
As the natural gas industry, boosted in large part by Marcellus shale wells, grows in West Virginia, people have been looking to the West Virginia coal industry for lessons from the past.
- Training tomorrow’s drillers
Shale development lessens dependence on foreign energy
The development of the Marcellus shale, in addition to the state’s other energy resources, could make West Virginia a major player in weaning the U.S. from its dependence on foreign oil sources.
- Boom could mean changes in state’s economy
Marcellus shale will strengthen an already healthy gas industry
While there are downsides to what some are calling the “industrialization of West Virginia,” some believe the potentially tremendous economic impact of the Marcellus shale will be a “game-changer” for a state long dependent on the coal industry.
Not just the North: Boom to affect all
Much of the buzz from the Marcellus shale gas industry has been rightly focused on a handful of northern West Virginia counties, but impacts are likely to spread throughout the state.
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