Huffman plans to leave DEP for role at Air National Guard

By Brad McElhinny in News | December 22, 2016 at 8:48AM CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman is leaving his position. DEP Secretary Randy Huffman Huffman, who has been cabinet secretary of DEP since May 2008, has decided to take a position with the Air National Guard. Huffman has been in the [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

Coal Comeback? This Mining Company Already Pivoted to Gas

Consol Energy’s transformation to natural gas is part of a broader shift in Appalachia   By Ryan Dezember, On the campaign trail Donald Trump promised “coal is coming back,” and the president-elect vowed to roll back environmental regulations he blames for hamstringing miners. But the experience of Consol Energy Inc. suggests some businesses have already [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

Experts assess impact of energy industry

HUNTINGTON - The critical connection between energy, health care and infrastructure was the subject of the 12th annual Energy & Natural Resources Symposium in Huntington on Monday. "The focus really looks at energy and energy companies and how they play a role in the community," said Kevin Craig, executive vice president of coal for Natural [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

State leaders coalescing on budget

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers who received nominations for leadership positions in the House and Senate agreed during the opening of the legislative interims on Sunday that the budget should be the top priority in the upcoming session. Lawmakers met in Charleston Sunday, the first day of interims, to [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

Justice taps Casey for chief of staff

Governor-elect Jim Justice has chosen former West Virginia Democratic Party chair and congressional candidate Nick Casey as his chief of staff, Justice announced Monday. “Nick Casey is as genuine as they come, and will be a tremendous asset to my administration and the people of West Virginia,” Justice said in a news release. “He has [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

Case Closed: Landmark Report Clears Fracking and Debunks Activist Claims on Pavillion

By Randy Hildreth Mountain States Director LINK There is no evidence that fracking contaminated groundwater in Pavillion, Wyo., according to a landmark report released today by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ). From the DEQ fact sheet: “Evidence does not indicate that hydraulic fracturing fluids have risen to shallow depths utilized by water-supply wells. [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Industry News|Comments Off on Case Closed: Landmark Report Clears Fracking and Debunks Activist Claims on Pavillion

IOGAWV Endorses Patrick Morrisey for AG

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) has overwhelmingly endorsed the candidacy of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for re-election.  Scott Freshwater, president of the organization said that the active role Attorney General Morrisey has taken in behalf of the natural gas industry to ward off excessive, unnecessary and costly regulations has been [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

How can Mountaineers truly be free?

Nicolas Porta: How can Mountaineers truly be free? (Daily Mail) October 14, 2016            Montani Semper Liberi is the official motto of West Virginia, which means “Mountaineers are always free.” It is a proud and strong motto, and it speaks to the spirit of West Virginians.           In reality, however, the proud people of our [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments