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Sixth Fracking Explosion in West Virginia Prompts Cease and Desist Order

Because America is NOT expendable, stop fracking and other non-sustainable energy productionBy Deborah Dupre, examiner.com

After a sixth fracking explosion injured a worker and sent a tank flying 100 feet, government has shut down a repeat offender drill company based in West Virginia with a cease and desist order and a violation notice. The orders come as America’s main oil and gas trade group prepares to launch yet another aggressive campaign to promote non-renewable energy.

Repeat environmental, safety, and human rights offender, at least since 2010, Jay-Bee Oil and Gas has been shut down after its latest “fraccident” (fracking accident) when a worker was injured in an explosion that sent a tank flying last week. Continue reading Sixth Fracking Explosion in West Virginia Prompts Cease and Desist Order

Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

Groups claim federal agency facilitates fracking for shale gas
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Photo by Erik McGregor

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and three other environmental groups based in other Appalachian states have joined forces to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for not properly informing the public regarding the construction of proposed natural gas pipelines throughout the region.

The alliance includes: Huntington-based OVEC; the Allegheny Defense Project in Pennsylvania; the FreshWater Accountability Project in Ohio; and, Virginia-based Wild Virginia. Continue reading Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

West Virginians Look Toward the Sun, Say No to Coal, Fracking

Evell Meade of Kermit, W.Va., Greg Dotson of Parkersburg, W.Va. and Mark Hunt of Charleston, W.Va., from left to right, carry a solar panel into a doctor’s office in Williamson, W.Va. A group devoted to creating alternative energy jobs in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia’s southern coalfields region this week:  a rooftop solar array, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors. Photo: Jeff Gentner/AP
A group devoted to creating alternative energy jobs in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia’s southern coalfields region this week: a rooftop solar array, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors. Photo: Jeff Gentner/AP

By Michaela Reasbeck, Mint Press News

At just 9.70 cents per kilowatt hour, West Virginians pay the third-lowest electricity rates in the nation. Yet they don’t enjoy the nation’s lowest electricity bills, and they’re not likely to in the future, either. Continue reading West Virginians Look Toward the Sun, Say No to Coal, Fracking

Aftermath of Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia


Rails glow red hot and fire still smolders Tuesday at the site of a derailed oil train in Fayette County on Tuesday. A home was incinerated in the oil-fueled fire after the derailment, leaving only its foundation. A man escaped from the home and was treated for possible respiratory problems./Photo by Charleston Daily Mail

A CSX train transporting volatile crude from North Dakota’s Bakken shale derailed in Fayette County, West Virginia on February 16. Explosions rocked nearby houses and oil spilled into the Kanawha River.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that ice may have kept the oil from contaminating the Kanawha River: Continue reading Aftermath of Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia

Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Explosion, Sends Tanker Cars into River

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Note: The CSX train which derailed in a residential area near Montgomery, WV originated in North Dakota and was headed to a storage depot in Yorktown, Virginia. It was carrying highly volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale. Downstream water treatment plants have been closed because of the oil being spilled into the river.

In January 2014, an industrial chemical leak into the Elk River just two miles upstream of the Kanawha River tainted the water supply of 300,000.

In April 2014, a CSX train transporting Bakken shale crude oil to the same destination in Yorktown derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, exploding and spilling oil into the James River.

By WVNS TV

12:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Officials with CSX announced on Tuesday morning that shelters for those people affected by the train derailment in the Powellton Hollow area have been consolidated.  There are now two shelters set up in the area.  Those include Valley High School, which is being run by the American Red Cross, and the Glen Ferris Inn on U.S. Route 60.   Continue reading Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Causes Explosion, Sends Tanker Cars into River

Mountain Valley Pipeline: Monroe Board of Health Voices Opposition

By Tina Alvey, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BECKLEY — Add the collective voice of the Monroe County Board of Health to the roster of opponents lining up against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The MVP, which is in the permitting process right now, will stretch from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia when completed, with a path that includes portions of Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. The controversial 42-inch diameter pipeline will transport liquefied natural gas.

In a lengthy open letter, Dr. J. Travis Hansbarger, Monroe County health officer, writes on behalf of the five members of the Board of Health, “The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline poses a significant and substantial risk for the health and welfare of Monroe County residents. The pipeline is designed to pass close to a public school and a long term care center, risking the welfare of some of our most vulnerable residents. Most importantly, our pristine water supplies will be in constant danger of contamination from runoff and turbidity. Continue reading Mountain Valley Pipeline: Monroe Board of Health Voices Opposition

Attorney Crisscrosses West Virginia and Beyond to Teach About Pipelines

Elise Keaton with Greenbrier River Watershed Association meeting thousands of people

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – Keeping up with Elise Keaton as she crisscrosses West Virginia – and beyond – is not an easy task. But then, Keaton has a big job – to stay ahead of energy companies rushing to receive approval for the development of several natural gas pipelines.

Elise KeatonIn fact, the pace and tactics of the companies seeking to build the pipelines are such that even the most informed of citizens is finding it difficult to keep abreast of developments. So Keaton, the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Greenbrier River Watershed Association (GRWA), keeps moving from her office here.

An attorney, Keaton began with the GRWA in mid-October last year. There has been little time for rest since, she revealed. “We’ve held meetings in Montgomery and Roanoke Counties in Virginia as well as in Monroe, Summers, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Upshur, Pocahontas, Lewis and Monongalia counties in West Virginia. We will be in Braxton, Harrison, and Franklin counties within the next month. I’ve probably spoken to and with about 1,500 folks.” Continue reading Attorney Crisscrosses West Virginia and Beyond to Teach About Pipelines

West Virginia Explosion Fourth Major Pipeline Accident in Two Weeks

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By Emily Atkin, Think Progress

A gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia exploded into a ball of flames on Monday morning, marking the fourth major mishap at a U.S. pipeline this month.

No one was hurt in the explosion, but residents told the local WTRF 7 news station that they could see a massive fireball shooting hundreds of feet into the air. An emergency dispatcher reportedly told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the flames had melted the siding off one home and damaged at least one power line. The gas pipeline is owned by Houston, Texas-based The Enterprise Products, L.P., which said Monday evening that it is investigating the cause of the explosion.

The West Virginia explosion is the fourth in a string of news-making pipeline incidents this month. Earlier this month, a gas pipeline in Mississippi operated by GulfSouth Pipeline exploded, rattling residents’ windows and causing a smoke plume large enough to register on National Weather Service radar screens. On Jan. 17, a pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC in Montana spilled up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, a spill that left thousands of Montanans without drinkable tap water. Just a few days later, on Jan. 22, it was discovered that 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste had spilled from a North Dakota pipeline earlier in the month. That spill was widely deemed the state’s largest contaminant release into the environment since the North Dakota oil boom began. Continue reading West Virginia Explosion Fourth Major Pipeline Accident in Two Weeks

Serious Pipeline Battle Brewing in the Shenandoah Valley

By Dan Heyman, Public News Service – VA

Map by Appalachian Mountain Advocates.
Map by Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

RICHMOND, Va. – Hundreds of Shenandoah Valley landowners are refusing to let Dominion survey for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The power company is suing about 50 property owners and says it will sue more.

Community organizers say the majority of landowners on the route in Augusta and Nelson Counties are refusing to give surveyors access to their land. Dominion has said it plans to take nearly 180 of them to court. Nancy Sorrells is co-chair of the Augusta County Alliance, a landowners group formed to oppose the pipeline. Continue reading Serious Pipeline Battle Brewing in the Shenandoah Valley