Storage Hub has excess environmental impacts

The West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey’s (WVGES)

Pipeline-Plus” is a collection of tools/applications to allow the user the ability to search and gather information that WVGES has available about oil & gas wells in West Virginia. The following tools/applications are available within the system.

Oil & Gas Well Data Search: (Detailed Help) This application allows the user to query oil & gas header records in our system through the given fields on the form. The queries include a combination of numeric, character, pull-down and checkbox searches. Once the user enters their selection criteria and hits the search button, the matching header records are then returned. Latitude and longitude coordinates for wells are provided in NAD83 datum. The system will also provide a link to “pipeline” and other system applications to provide more complete well information if the data is available. Again, more detailed help on this application can be found here.

Pipeline“: The Survey’s “pipeline” system provides public access, through a Web browser, to oil and gas well data for more than 134,000 oil and gas wells. The data are keyed on the well’s API number, which consists of the state code, county code, and permit number for the well. Data contained within tables include: locations; completions; farm name and operator; pays and shows of hydrocarbons; monthly and annual production of gas and/or oil, generally since 1979; formation tops and thicknesses; plugging; data about mechanical logs on file in the Survey’s log library as well as access to selected scanned well log images; and data about well samples and cores in the Survey’s core library. UTM and latitude/longitude coordinates for wells are provided in NAD83 datum. Users of the “pipeline” system select the county from a menu, enter the permit number, and select the desired data type(s). The data are then displayed on the user’s computer screen.

Scan Viewer/Download: (Detailed Help) This application allows the user to search and view electronic files which WVGES has available. File types currently in the system include scanned logs (wireline logs), digitized logs, well plats, completion reports, plugging affidavit, core photographs, well sample descriptions, batch cover sheets, and well permits. Most files available are of type .tif, .jpg, .las or .pdf. Fields available for query are well API number, file type, county, batch date and file modified date. Once the user enters their selection criteria and hits the search button, the matching records are then returned. A view link will be available to view or download the file. Please note that depending on the software on your computer, viewing of a file may open in the internet browser, a different application, or you may be prompted to save the file. We advise you to save Scanned Logs (wireline logs) and not try to view them directly because of the size of the files. To save files, right-click the view link and select the save option. It may also appear as “save target as”. Again, more detailed help on this application can be found here.

Slabbed Core Photos: This is a listing of all wells for which we have slabbed core photographs. These are listed by well API number. The page provides the number of images we have for the well, which mostly appear in one foot intervals. It also provides a link to our core viewer application to see or download the photographs.

File Repositories: This is an HTTP file server that allows the user to navigate the directory structure to download or view the file(s) of interest. Currenlty we offer scanned well logs, digitized logs, slabbed core photographs, well sample descriptions, and other E-files (scanned plats and completions). We advise you to save Scanned Logs and not try to view them directly because of the size of the files. To do so, right-click the image of interest and select the save option. Then you can direct the file to a location of your choice. Please note these images vary in size and some may take several minutes to download, especially if using a 56k or slower dialup connection. Generally files are organized in county folders with some exceptions.

If you have any questions or comments about the Oil & Gas Well Information System please (E-Mail) us with your questions or comments.


WVDEP Launches Webpage Dedicated to Helping Citizens Learn About Pipeline Projects, April 2, 2018

SOURCE: WV Department of Environmental Protection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 2, 2018) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has launched an easy to use webpage designed to help citizens learn more about five major proposed or under construction natural gas pipelines.

The page is available here.

The five pipelines that are the focus of the webpage are the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline, the Mountaineer Gas Company Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project, Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline, and the Rover Pipeline.

“We are making sure that anyone who has any questions about these pipelines can find those answers on one easy to use webpage,” WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton said. “People who live near these projects deserve to be able to find answers to their questions quickly, and WVDEP is providing this new webpage to help them do that.”

Available on the webpage is information such as detailed maps of the proposed route of pipeline routes and a link to WVDEP’s searchable online database where additional information such as any inspection and enforcement action and any permit modifications can be found. Also available are public hearing transcripts, responses to comments received at public hearings, and press releases about the pipelines. The page will be updated as more information on each pipeline becomes available. Citizens will also be able to submit reports of possible permit violations via this webpage.

Contact: Jake Glance, WV-DEP, (304) 926-0499 ext. 1335,


See also: Appalachian Storage Hub: A Petrochem Horror


Methane is increasing in the atmosphere

Frackin ‘n Pipelines ‘Ain’t What Thar Cracked Up to Be, Then There’s Climate Change to Contend With

Letter to the Editor by Tom Bond, WVNews, June 16, 2018

West Virginia leaders have an unmatched talent for delicious, self-serving fantasy. Take the picture with the article “Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction begins with ground breaking in Lewis County.” Obviously unfamiliar hands on golden shovels, with a State Trooper arms akimbo in the background in case reality should pop up.

Born in Wheeling in the middle of the Civil War, West Virginia was conceived to deliver the coal of western Virginia to the Union through the new railroads. After emancipation, coal led directly to a new and more complicated kind of slavery. Company houses, company stores, scrip money, work from boyhood to death under horrible conditions devoid of safety rules. It lead to a war in southern West Virginia with a battle line miles long.

The money and the ideas came from out of state, and the capital gained went out of state to build industry elsewhere. The local benefit was marginal at best and it left behind broken communities, hills still collapsing today, bleeding red water. Where coalmining continues mountains are truncated, and huge areas of surface are essentially left useless, no longer able to produce the magnificent forest of the past.

Now extraction comes in a new form, fracking. The final result of fracking would be a regular pattern of well platforms, access roads and pipelines over much of the state, so from high altitude it will look like a pox on the earth. It would preclude future agriculture and forestry on those pox affected areas.

We desperately need jobs in West Virginia, so they claim jobs. But drilling is a mature industry requiring a small amount of highly skilled labor and huge investment. Several companies are advancing on automating drilling, so that only one man and robots can do the work. Once the well is drilled it only needs a small amount of labor to maintain, and the well lasts 6 to 8 years. Once the pipelines and compressors are in place only a few jobs are provided by them to take the gas to market, too.

Its present permutation of drilling, called fracking, involves harmful chemicals which are widely believed to be dangerous to people living in the area. Hundreds of scientific, peer reviewed research papers confirm it too.. It is true some don’t, about 20%, just enough to make the situation confusing. People and local doctors know, however.

Surface property is made less useful, and consequentially less valuable, which goes unrecognized by drillers, tax collectors and much of the public. What you work a lifetime to get is lost without compensation.

And there is the “great white elephant” in the room that can’t be gotten around. Carbon dioxide causes the temperature of the earth to rise, and so does methane lost into the atmosphere, even more. It is just as deadly as nuclear warfare, just slower. We don’t need to expand burning hydrocarbons, the investment should go to renewables. The blithe claim gas is a “transition” fuel is belied by the buildup of pipelines like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It will have to be paid for by customers regardless of when a transition occurs, resulting in an very high rate of return, guaranteed by law. Great investment for big banks.

Citizens should callout the golden fantasy pushed by some commercial eager beavers. West Virginia needs good education to attract modern industry and a governmental plan to provide infrastructure. Then we could become more than a resource colony stripped of the goodies too cheap to be respected by other states.


See also:
Pennsylvania, for first time, sets methane requirements on natural gas wells | StateImpact Pennsylvania, June 7, 2018


The Resource Curse in “Amity & Prosperity” and Beyond

June 18, 2018

“Amity & Prosperity” — The Resource Curse of Appalachia Essay by Eliza Griswold, New York Times, June 9, 2018 (Ms. Griswold spent the past seven years reporting in southwestern Pennsylvania.) Jason Clark has lived near Amity, Pa., in the southwestern part of the state, since he was born. He likes to call urban Americans “hypocrites.” [...]

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Conflict of Interest Discovered in $80 Billion Deal with China

June 17, 2018

Possible conflict of interest clouds West Virginia’s natural gas deal with China From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, June 15, 2018 PHOTO: Then-West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher (seated at left of table) meets last November in Beijing with China Energy President Ling Wen (seated at right of table) in front of [...]

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As Drilling & Fracking for Oil Continues, the Natural Gas Surplus Grows Greater and Greater

June 16, 2018

Side Effect of Rising Oil Drilling: Indigestion for Gas Frackers From an Article by Christopher M. Matthews, Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2018 As companies step up oil production, the natural gas byproduct is weighing on already low gas prices and on gas producers. Higher oil prices are helping many American shale drillers. But they [...]

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WV-DEP Levies $430,000 Fine to Rover Pipeline, Should Be More!

June 15, 2018

West Virginia Assesses Rover $430,030 Fine for Water Pollution Violations From an Article by Jeremiah Shelor, NGI Shale Daily, June 13, 2018 Rover Pipeline LLC has agreed to pay a $430,030 civil penalty for numerous sediment and erosion control violations during construction in West Virginia, according to a consent order released by the state’s Department [...]

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Upshur County Commission Hears ACP Pipeline Construction Concerns

June 14, 2018

Upshur County Commission Hears Concerns About Pipeline Construction, Roads, Bridges, Streams, Forests, People By: Katie Kuba, The Buckhannon Record Delta, June 11, 2018 BUCKHANNON — The state policy director for Dominion Energy on Thursday pledged to examine whether vehicles associated with Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction were in compliance with weight limits the West Virginia Department [...]

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FERC Asked to Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction

June 13, 2018

To the Friends of the Allegheny – Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) From Lew Freeman, ABRA Executive Director, June 12, 2018 A motion was filed June 11 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting that the agency immediately revoke its May 11 authorization for construction to proceed in West Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The [...]

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West Virginia Will Not Be Better Off With a Petrochemical Complex

June 12, 2018

Petrochemical complex not good for West Virginia By Dustin White, Opinion – Editorial, Charleston Gazette, June 8, 2018 Recently, we’ve been seeing a lot of opinion pieces and articles in the local media telling us how great the proposed Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub will be for our economy. While the name of the proposed [...]

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Sixth Mass Extinction Threatened by Ongoing Land Destruction

June 11, 2018

Land degradation pushing planet towards sixth mass extinction From an Article by Brett Israel, UC Berkeley News, March 29, 2018 Photo: Land degradation, caused by human activities like natural resource extraction and pipeline construction, is a global threat to humans and animals More than 100 experts from 45 countries have published a three-year study of [...]

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