The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Balancing Act

Balancing Act
  • 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.

    February 26, 2011

  • 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.

    February 26, 2011

  • 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.

    February 26, 2011

  • 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.

    February 25, 2011

  • National parks will need protection

    Without an overhaul of current regulations, national parks on land above the Marcellus shale could be endangered.

    February 25, 2011

  • What could go wrong 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.

    February 25, 2011 1 Photo

  • Marcellus and national parks

    Units of the National Park System that are endangered by Marcellus shale formations overlying or near the unit.

    February 25, 2011

  • 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.

    February 25, 2011

  • fracking 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.

    February 24, 2011 1 Photo

  • Fracking chemicals

    The following is a list of chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing.

    February 24, 2011

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