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Survey ranks states, oil worker wages

March 31, 2015 By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Violations of fair labor standards have resulted in hundreds of oilfield workers in New Mexico and West Texas being underpaid by more than $1. more »»

Tank works project will add area jobs

March 13, 2015 ST. MARYS, W.Va. — A new facility is expecting to grow and create opportunities for a Sistersville company as ground was broken Thursday in Pleasants Count. more »»

Career Center board reviewing oil well issues

March 13, 2015 There was a pretty large difference in atmosphere at the Washington County Career Center Board of Education meeting Thursday evening when compared to the previous month, as the board had only a brie... more »»

Bump in the boom

February 28, 2015 The last few years have been prosperous for the local lodging industry, thanks largely to the growing interest in Southeast Ohio’s oil-rich Utica shale deposits. more »»


February 27, 2015 Ohio oil well output doubles in a year; natural gas triples COLUMBUS — Oil production has more than doubled and natural gas has tripled in Ohio in one year, the Department of Natural Resources said... more »»

Comments on well sites

February 18, 2015 Community officials, first responders and local businesses are hoping for an extended comment period to address unanswered questions about the impact of converting four existing wells near the... more »»

Oil train with safety upgrades derails, explodes in W.Va.

February 18, 2015 By The Associated Press MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. more »»

Governor’s proposal would place 6.5% increase on oil, gas tax

February 16, 2015 Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to increase the state’s severance tax on oil and gas is not a new idea, but his new proposal of a 6.5 percent rate is leaving some in the industry worried about the impact. more »»

Lower oil, gas prices affecting shale exploration

February 7, 2015 Part of the lore of the oil and natural gas industry is how new drilling techniques and fracing methods were used over the years to produce more oil and gas out of conventional vertical wells. more »»

Mayors plan program on fact-finding trip to Minot

January 31, 2015 Local mayors say they and other officials who journeyed this week to Minot, N.D., came home with a wealth of information. more »»

Over a barrel

January 28, 2015 While gas prices have dropped across the country, making commutes more bearable for drivers, the price of crude oil is dropping and could force oil and gas operations to slow production on wells. more »»

New Mat gets windfall for mineral rights

January 22, 2015 NEW MATAMORAS — The village saw its 2015 general fund nearly quadruple Wednesday night as officials accepted a check for more than $300,000 from Marietta-based MNW Energy LLC at the Village Council... more »»

Oil and gas spawn growth in Noble Co.

January 17, 2015 The oil and gas industry in rural Noble County, population 14,645, has it ranked sixth in the state for permitted shale drilling wells as officials continue to watch for more growth into 2015. more »»

La.-based oil and gas services company buys facility along Ohio 60

January 7, 2015 After a few months of negotiations, a Louisiana-based oil and gas services company has purchased and moved into a McConnelsville location along Ohio 60, with the potential to bring nearly 50 jobs to... more »»

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 »»


Brown Baggin' Thru History April 3, 2015

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is based upon the life of a real person. Born into a poor Yankee family on the eve of the American Revolution, the young John Chapman headed west in the last years of the 18th century. more »

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