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Trip to N.D. looks for facts on shale boom

December 24, 2014 PARKERSBURG — A dozen local officials are heading north this winter to learn how a North Dakota city at ground zero of the shale boom dealt with a rapidly growing population. more »»

CVB’s budget

November 22, 2014 Marketing the city and county online and through travel writers, magazines, newspapers, television, radio and other media takes the biggest bite out of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and... more »»

Oil field worker dies in blast

November 14, 2014 SUMMERFIELD— A Virginia man was killed when an oil well drilling explosion occurred Wednesday evening in Noble County. Norman Butler, 48, of Newport News, Va. more »»

Vote on oil, gas leases a step closer

November 7, 2014 Two potential chances for the city to lease mineral rights will have to wait until their accompanying ordinances get a full three readings before being considered for a vote by city council membe. more »»

Oil & gas leases

October 31, 2014 Marietta City Council’s public, lands, buildings, and parks committee convened Thursday night at Lookout Park to hear public input on two ordinances that could earn the city more than $183,000 up... more »»

Monroe Co. pipeline explodes; no one injured

October 30, 2014 BEALLSVILLE— An 8-inch diameter Blue Racer Midstream natural gas condensate pipeline exploded early Tuesday morning in Monroe County. more »»

Study links Ohio quakes to fracking

October 15, 2014 By Julie Carr Smyth The Associated Press COLUMBUS — A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first... more »»

Local firm bids to drill under the Ohio

October 7, 2014 A local company is one of four that has bid to drill under the Ohio River in several parts of West Virginia, a process that would be similar to fracking across the region in recent years. more »»

State halts production at Antero pad in Doddridge

October 1, 2014 By The Associated Press WEST UNION, W.Va. — Production at an Antero Resources well pad in Doddridge County has been halted after a drill collided with a well. more »»

Belpre Chamber sponsors ‘Town Talk’

September 18, 2014 Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee invites Chamber members, business owners and managers, manufacturers, commercial realtors, and those interested in business expansion... more »»

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down today

September 9, 2014 By Julie Carr Smyth The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” in opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says... more »»

Monroe Co. wants to lure cracker plant

September 8, 2014 PARKERSBURG — The announcement last week of another possible ethane cracker facility in the region could go a long way in creating a hub of natural gas activity throughout this region, local... more »»

Company continues cracker plant planning

September 2, 2014 PARKERSBURG — The company planning the multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker plant is continuing to move forward with its plans to build an ethane cracker facility in Wood County. more »»

Best days may be ahead for coal, nuclear power

August 25, 2014 It’s time to face reality: Using advanced coal combustion technologies and nuclear power to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the production of electricity should be a no-braine. more »»

Ohio hits Utica shale well milestone

August 21, 2014 The oil and gas industry in Ohio is making news again, as it has surpassed 1,000 Utica shale wells, including 13 in Washington County. About 1,025 wells across the state have been drilled. more »»

City again asking for bids from oil, gas interests

August 13, 2014 A second advertisement will go out for bids to lease up to 95 acres of city property to shale oil and gas interests, according to a discussion during Tuesday's meeting of Marietta City Council's... more »»

WSCC announces four new/updated programs

July 28, 2014 All with the goal of helping students enter the workforce as quickly and as well prepared as possible, Washington State Community College recently announced four new or updated certificate programs. more »»

Explosion investigations continue

July 3, 2014 State and federal investigations continued Wednesday into last week’s explosion at the Belpre area Enviro-Tank Clean, Inc. more »»

Third hotel planned for First Colony property

June 25, 2014 Relocation of a large Marietta retail store and the possible construction of a third hotel are in the preliminary plans for the second phase of the 27-acre First Colony Center development along Ohio... more »»



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