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- Strength in numbers: Diversifying America’s petrochemical industry bolsters security
- Anne Blankenship: Higher natural gas severance is a tax on WV's future (Gazette Opinion)
- Energy companies commit to reducing environmental impact of pipeline construction
- Poll finds favorable view of oil and gas industry
- ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute More Than $287,000 To West Virginia Colleges and Universities
- MarkWest Sherwood Plant helps growth and development in Doddridge County
- Fracking study shows no water well contamination
- Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development
- Howard Swint: Midstream key to West Virginia's economic growth (Daily Mail)
- Letter: Natural gas growth wonderful news for West Virginia (Daily Mail)
- Propublica-funded Article On W. Virginia Shale Development Is More Scare Tactic Than Objective Journalism
- Daily Mail editorial: Mountain Valley Pipeline will provide much needed economic boost
- Mark J. Perry: Low-cost natural gas an environmentally friendly fuel (Daily Mail)
- Howard Swint: WV natural gasoline fueling economic development (Daily Mail)
- IHS Report on Petrochem Manufacturing in Appalachia
- Cove Point Becomes 2nd U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal
- Chris Ventura: Rally for lower energy costs starts with you (Gazette)
- Gassed up and ready to go
If you want to know the state of America’s environment today, a good place to start is with the dramatic decline in airborne emissions from power plants over the past decade.
As they generate electricity, hundreds of fossil-fuel power plants across the country emit sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide into the air. The first two substances cause acid rain and contribute to respiratory ailments and are the emissions of most concern to public health. The third is the principal greenhouse gas that accompanies the burning of oil, natural gas and coal because of their carbon content.
Natural gasoline is one of West Virginia’s most abundant yet least recognized natural resources. But chances are virtually anyone who has driven our highways lately has benefited economically as well as environmentally from its use.
Natural gasoline is the liquid byproduct of natural gas that, for traditional shallow wells, has been collected as condensate in wellhead holding tanks for over a century. Commonly referred to as “drip gas” in the field, its use dates to early American industrialization when Henry Ford used it in the Model T and the Wright Brothers tapped Ohio wells to power their aircraft engines.
Historically, the Gulf Coast has been the most profitable place to build and operate a petrochemical company. The numbers have always supported that fact.
However, the numbers have changed.
Sitting atop two of the most prolific shale plays in the world, Shale Crescent USA is now the most profitable place to build a petrochemical company.
Five factors support this new realization:
- Abundant Natural Gas Supply
- Access to Water
- Proximity to Market Demand
- Skilled Labor Force
- Cost Advantage
And so it begins. Friday was a historic day for the U.S. energy industry and our always evolving natural gas business in particular. After a series of delays, Dominion Energy shipped out its first LNG cargo from $4 billion Cove Point export terminal in Maryland. This becomes our second LNG export facility following Cheniere Energy’s startup at Sabine Pass in Louisiana two years ago.