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Eastern Ohio leads state in gas production

January 9, 2014 ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In Belmont County, there are natural gas wells nicknamed “Big Foot” and “Blue Thunder,” along with a “monster” lurking deep within the area known as Egypt Valley. more »»

Ethane cracker plant a major coup for Wood County

November 15, 2013 PARKERSBURG — The proposed development of a new petrochemical complex - the ethane cracker plant - in Wood County will be a game changer for the entire state of West Virginia, the governor said... more »»

MNW Energy opens new office on Pike Street

November 4, 2013 MNW Energy LLC (MNW) announces the opening of its new office at 353 Pike St., Marietta. MNW is a local company formed to promote leasing and drilling activity in the Appalachian Basin. more »»

EPA OKs more time to report on hazardous fracking materials

November 2, 2013 The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has granted companies a one-month extension to submit information about hazardous chemicals used and stored at oil and gas drilling locations to local... more »»

Drilling industry creates housing demand locally

October 21, 2013 PARKERSBURG — The local housing industry has been impacted as the Mid-Ohio Valley experiences a resurgence in the energy market because of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale fields. more »»

Oil, gas companies must report any hazardous materials

October 5, 2013 People who live near Washington County’s oil and gas drilling operations might be alarmed with what they might find on site. As of Sept. more »»

Oil, gas drilling operations creating W.Va. jobs

September 23, 2013 PARKERSBURG — With natural gas drilling operations starting up in a number of areas, some are starting to see an increase in employment as development begins and wells are being set up to tap into... more »»

Oil, gas firms help area schools

September 11, 2013 Oil and gas companies targeting resources in the Utica shale aren’t just looking at digging into the local ground but fitting in with the community. more »»

Wood Co. is still in running for cracker site

August 30, 2013 PARKERSBURG - West Virginia, and especially Wood County, remains in the running for an ethane cracker plant as the governor told business leaders the state will remain a leader in natural gas... more »»

A day on the rig

August 15, 2013 WILLS TWP. — To illustrate how nature and horizontal oil and natural gas drilling can coexist at a well pad in Guernsey County, David Hill points to the livestock. more »»

Top Ohio counties for injected drilling waste dumping: 1. Portage, 2. Washington and 5. Noble

July 15, 2013 AKRON— Booming energy production in shale formations has made a northeast Ohio county the top location in the state for underground injection of drilling wastes. more »»

Labor group, county at odds over wages paid in road use agreements

June 20, 2013 A state labor group has expressed concern that Washington County officials are not including prevailing wage measures in road-use agreements with oil and gas companies, but local officials say they... more »»

Marietta off the map for seismic testing

June 18, 2013 A company planning to do seismic mapping in the coming weeks will not set off any vibrations inside Marietta’s city limits. more »»

$8M project will include hotel, plans to expand

June 8, 2013 Framed walls have started to spring up for a new 102-room hotel just off Pike Street and County House Lane, and developers still are eying an early winter opening. MPH Inc. more »»

Hills are alive with sound of fracking

May 29, 2013 ADAMS TOWNSHIP — A well-appointed, bright sunroom might be the perfect place to read a book, have a cup of tea or just relax and enjoy the breeze. more »»

‘Flash fire’ in Tyler Co. investigated

April 13, 2013 MIDDLEBOURNE, W.V. more »»

Belpre chamber meeting on oil, gas boom

April 12, 2013 BELPRE — As many organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley and beyond have gotten involved, the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce will soon have an informational meeting about the oil and natural gas boom... more »»

Wolf Creek board OKs spending $148,352

April 9, 2013 WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Local Board of Education approved nearly $150,000 in repairs and maintenance at Waterford High School Monday, to be paid for with revenue from leasing the district's... more »»

Don’t give up on Kasich’s tax plan yet

April 3, 2013 Tax relief for working Ohioans and small businesses would provide an enormous boost to the state's economy. And, of course, the 20 percent income tax cut proposed by Gov. more »»

Fort Frye goes high-tech with curriculum

March 27, 2013 BEVERLY — The Fort Frye Local Board of Education voted Tuesday night to spend nearly $100,000 on a new high-tech social studies curriculum and accompanying equipment, while also approving a mineral... more »»



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