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Birders identify species in the WVU arboretum, a popular woods in Morgantown, WV.
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On a recent chilly Tuesday morning, about 20 people filed along a winding dirt path leading deeper into West Virginia University’s Arboretum in Morgantown.

Armed with binoculars, smartphones and hiking boots, the group had one goal — spot and identify the chittering birds hidden in the trees above.

This photo provided by Smithburg Fire Department shows emergency personnel responding after oil tanks exploded in West Union, W.Va. on Friday, May 25, 2018.
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Four people have been hospitalized after oil tanks exploded in West Virginia.

News outlets report a company was removing three oil tanks in West Union on Friday when the tanks exploded. State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Jake Glance said workers were dismantling the tanks with some type of torch. But the tanks were not entirely empty and caught fire.

West Virginia's Senate has voted to authorize natural gas producers to drill when three-fourths of those with royalty rights agree and a reasonable effort has been made to negotiate with the remaining owners of a gas mineral property.

The bill, approved 19-14, is a priority of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. The group says it updates the law to reflect current technology with horizontal drilling and the state poised for major gas development.

On West Virginia Morning a southern West Virginia businessman who moved to Pennsylvania to take advantage of the natural gas drilling boom is closing his clothing store because the boom is now a bust.  Also, Glynis Board reports from the Ohio Valley Hip Hop Awards.

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W. Va. Lawmakers Will Revisit Forced Pooling Bill

Jan 7, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, the latest candidate to announce for the Democratic nomination for governor comes from a prominent political family in the state.  Also, we’ll revisit the issue of forced pooling in natural gas drilling.  The issue will be taken up again by the state legislature. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the school building authority meeting where members voted down funding for new schools in Fayette County.  And energy and environmental reporter Glynis Board updates us on the arguments about forced pooling in natural gas drilling. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Hard Rock Exploration has received a state permit to drill a test well into the Rogersville Shale in Putnam County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Department of Environmental Protection approved the permit for the vertical test well on Monday.

On West Virginia Morning, more recordings made by ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are played for jurors in his trial on conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws.  Also, officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania sign a natural gas production pact.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, is it safe to put waste from natural gas drilling into municipal landfills?  The Department of Environmental Protection says it is, but some people are still concerned about it. 

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A state study says it's unlikely that significant amounts of untreated natural gas drilling waste in landfills will get into groundwater or surface water.

The Department of Environmental Protection released the report Wednesday on drill cuttings in landfills.

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On West Virginia Morning, on this Earth Day, Jessica Lilly reports from a public hearing in Fayette County about permits to put natural gas drilling waste there.  Also, a look back at Earth Day which began in 1970 and the relationship between corporate America and the environmental movement.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Despite recent announcements of layoffs in the industry, the state is reporting severance tax incomes from oil and gas have doubled since 2013.

A review by the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue and the State Treasurer’s Office shows companies paid $188.3 million in severance taxes in 2014. That’s compared to the $79.2 million collected in 2013.

Listening Lab Faces State Budget Cut

Apr 13, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on how the state is dealing with the waste resulting from natural gas drilling.  And Clark Davis visits a learning lab at Marshall University that’s facing state budget cuts.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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On West Virginia Morning, a special report about natural gas drilling in northern and central West Virginia.  Glynis Board takes us through the little known effect of drilling called “well communication.” 


"As I've gone up through science, I've realized how easy it is to have an impact on the world around you," WVU researcher Scott Cushing said, "even just doing research on the undergraduate level in a lab."
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Scott Cushing grew up in the Charleston area. He once almost failed a middle school science project where he was supposed to build a machine with moving parts out of macaroni.

“It was trying to move, but couldn’t,” Cushing remembers about the macaroni engine he built. The macaroni piston failed, so the engine didn’t move. He got a C on that assignment, but clearly, he was destined for ambitious projects.

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board sits down with an expert on stress to talk about how social factors play a role in our health.  And Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.

Lung Transplant Approved for Black Lung Victim

Oct 24, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly checks in with a victim of black lung whose lung transplant was approved after his story aired on West Virginia Public Radio in June.  And Chris Smithers sings the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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 Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the creation of SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing their Economy, Thursday. The program will send a group of senators to the southern part of the state to hear from citizens about what they can do to revitalize the area's economy.

A West Virginia transplant in Doddridge County moved here to enjoy the rural area, but soon after, saw well pads being placed within sight of her home. Now, she invites scientists, students, and even reporters to come study the health affects of the activity from her home.

Environmental and citizen groups are urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to rethink leasing land under the Ohio River for oil and natural gas drilling.

In a letter Wednesday, Ohio and West Virginia groups expressed concerns that the state won't sufficiently safeguard against releases that could harm water supplies.

Herb Farmer Worries About Natural Gas Drilling

Sep 16, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, in Weston tonight there’s a meeting about oil and gas development taking place there.  We’ll have a preview of the issues.  Also, we’ll hear from a researcher from the Pew Center about the political leanings of the American people.

Where Are the Gas Wells in W. Va.?

Sep 15, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

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Ashton Marra reports about a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas out of the state.  Also, September is National Preparedness Month.  Sarah Lowther Hensley reports how you can be prepared in an emergency.

Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va.

Aug 29, 2014

In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.  One company is trying to be sensitive.

In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.

And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.

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On West Virginia Morning, data gatherers are frustrated by the oil and gas industries' attitude about transparency. In the age of 3-D printers, what’s to become of the time-tested trade of blacksmithing?  And Wheeling native Tim O’Brien joins fellow singer-songwriter Darrell Scott for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

For more energy news from State Impact Pennsylvania click here:

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

What's Next for Boone County Coal Miners?

Aug 19, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, reporter Catherine Moore attended the coal festival in Boone County to ask residents there what’s next for them after layoffs in the coal industry.  And Liz McCormick reports from Jefferson County where libraries are rallying for community support.

For State Impact Pennsylvania's report about natural gas drilling in state forests click here.