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State lawmakers keeping an eye on other states’ policies
While drafting policy involving the Marcellus shale, West Virginia lawmakers aren’t focused entirely within the state’s borders; they are also keeping an eye on the policies of other states.
DOH wants to partner with drillers
The growth of the natural gas industry in West Virginia has put a good deal of stress on the state’s famed country roads.
Why are so many drills going up north?
While benefits of the Marcellus shale may spread throughout the state, there is no question the majority of the interest is in the northern counties of West Virginia.
Natural gas not necessarily cleaner than coal
Switching from coal to natural gas, which is thought by many to be the cleaner, greener alternative, may not pack all the environmental benefits once thought.
National parks will need protection
Without an overhaul of current regulations, national parks on land above the Marcellus shale could be endangered.
Side effects of an economic boost
The predicted natural gas boom has a lot of West Virginians wondering if the state’s environment can handle the load of another growing energy market.
Marcellus and national parks
Units of the National Park System that are endangered by Marcellus shale formations overlying or near the unit.
Has natural gas disaster already happened?
While many of the effects of the gas industry’s entrance into West Virginia remain to be seen, some residents are noting plenty of damage has already been done.
Squeezing gas from a porous shale formation
The relatively new drilling techniques used to tap the Marcellus shale that have drawn the ire of environmentalists and raised the eyebrows of property owners are the same methods that make Marcellus shale wells profitable.
The following is a list of chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing.
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