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A Growing Oil and Natural Gas Industry Versus Landowner Rights


West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Energy and Environment Reporter Brittany Patterson leads a discussion with Del. Joshua Higginbotham and Sen. Stephen Baldwin about the growth of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia, and the challenges that go along with it. We also hear the latest in statehouse news with Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich.

Host Suzanne Higgins chats with Dave Mistich about the passage of Senate Bill 1 – the community and technical college tuition assistance bill, Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol, and the latest on a possible repeal of the Business Inventory Machinery and Equipment Tax.


Brittany Patterson recently visited Summers County to chat with a family affected by the build-out of natural gas pipelines in West Virginia. Supporters point to millions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs. But for some residents living in the path of these projects, pipelines have radically altered their way of life.

Del. Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam, and Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, join Patterson on set to discuss the issues surrounding pipeline expansion.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV