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More than 40 turn out for WV-DEP meeting on “Science Facility”

>>> From an Article by Ben Conley, Morgantown Dominion Post, January 12, 2022

MORGANTOWN — “Science Facility” & “Data Center” — These are the terms used to describe a project proposed by Marion Energy Partners for placement in the Morgantown Industrial Park.

What is known is that a 10,000 square-foot facility would pull natural gas directly from a nearby Northeast Natural Energy well pad to power four natural gas-fired engines around the clock, 365 days a year.

Beyond that, information about the project is very limited. It’s believed the engines will provide electricity for a cryptocurrency mining operation, but attempts to confirm that with Marion Energy Partners have been unsuccessful.

Cryptocurrency mining uses banks of specialized computers to validate blockchain transactions for a specific cryptocurrency in order to receive percentages of said currency in return. Popular examples include Bitcoin and Ethereum. As of this writing, one Bitcoin was worth $42,631.80.

A virtual public comment meeting held Tuesday, January 11th, by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality drew more than 40 participants.

For about two hours, participants, including local and state elected officials, offered comments and asked questions, including why so little information is available and who beyond Marion Energy Partners & Northeast Natural Energy would receive any benefit.

“I would propose this permit be rewritten in a way that people would know with transparency what is going to transpire as far as what the business actually is,” Morgantown Mayor Jenny Selin said. Morgantown City Councilor Bill Kawecki said the facility will offer no benefit, only environmental cost.

Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, agreed. “Often there’s balancing acts and decisions that are made where there are pros and cons to a type of development that would bring jobs or economic opportunities or community benefits to the table,” he said. “But I don’t see any of those in this proposal. What I see is local air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise.”

Air quality-related public comments can be submitted to the DEP at edward.s.andrews@wv.gov until 5 p.m. Thursday, January 13th. “Marion Energy Partners LLC” should be included in the subject line.

Non-air quality related comments may be emailed anytime to: depadvocate@wv.gov

Duane Nichols, who first brought this project to the attention of the Monongalia County Commission late last year, called on WV-DEP Cabinet Secretary Harold Ward to get involved. He challenged Ward “to look at this project and to make a public statement of whether there is any redeeming social value and whether there is any value to the public interest that can possibly justify polluting the Mon River Valley, the neighborhoods, and Mon County. Otherwise, this project stands as an insult to our community.”


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Comments needed on water pollution potential of complex plastics industry


New Year Greetings from the Concerned Ohio River Residents (CORR), January 17, 2022 ~

As we are all weathering the winter storm and (hopefully) enjoying the snow, we ask that you take a couple actions to help protect the Ohio River today. The PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker/plastics plant proposed for Belmont County, OH (just 5 miles south of Shadyside) is still on indefinite hold.

They still have not announced a Final Investment Decision, and have been stringing along residents and decision makers for far too long – almost 7 years. Despite the fact that the future is still uncertain for this major polluting facility, they still have applied to renew their water pollution discharge permit with the state of Ohio – a move that does not necessarily indicate the project is moving forward.

We need you to take action today to help us tell the state of Ohio that enough is enough.

The Ohio River serves as a drinking water source for 5 million people with 23 water supply intakes located downstream from the proposed facility, including the drinking water intake for the city of Cincinnati. The closest water supply intake to the site of the proposed PTTGCA facility is in Sistersville, WV only approximately 30 river miles downstream.

Recent research has found that existing petrochemical facilities are already permitted to pollute 500,000 pounds of toxic discharge into the Ohio River. The PTTGCA plant would further exacerbate this problem. The Ohio EPA did not do an antidegradation review before issuing the permit the first time – something they should have done to see how the extra load of toxins would impact the River.

Additionally, the Ohio EPA put out the public notice for this water discharge permit renewal on December 20th – during the holidays – a time when people are not paying attention to these kinds of things, therefor we also need to ask for an extension to the comment period and for a public hearing.

Comments are due by this Wednesday, January 19th. Please submit your comment today. Click this link to open a document with a full comment that you can copy/paste into an email to the Ohio EPA.

Please insert your own unique comments as they carry even more weight than just submitting the generic comment. But, if you don’t have the time, just sending this language is helpful! Tell them your story about living along the Ohio River or why you care.

Send comment to the following three (3) email addresses: HClerk@epa.ohio.gov, Nicholas.McGovern@epa.ohio.gov, Ariel.Ruth@epa.ohio.gov

Please insert the following text into the subject line of the email:

Re: PTTGCA Application No.: OH0144967 Public Comment

Please also bcc our group so we know how many comments were submitted! Our email address is: general@concernedohioriverresidents.org


SEE ALSO: PTTGC Ethane Cracker Project for the Mid-Ohio River Valley is Stalled, — FrackCheckWV.net, September 24, 2020

SEE ALSO: FIDdlesticks: Why PTTGC can’t make up its mind — Sean O’Leary, Ohio River Valley Institute, June 24, 2021


MARCELLUS SHALE NEWS ~ Bitcoin Mining Makes Sence, Or Not!

January 16, 2022

Marcellus Gas Powered Data Center Proposed for Morgantown, WV >>> An Article from the Marcellus Drilling News, January 13, 2022 Just coming to light for us now is an application to build a “data center” in Morgantown, WV. The application was filed last August, but the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality [...]

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BitCoin “Computer Mining” Uses Over 120 Trillion Watt—Hours per Year of Electricity

January 15, 2022

What’s the Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrency? >> Condensed from an Article by Nathan Reiff, Investopedia, December 21, 2021 SUMMARY — Bitcoin and other proof-of-work cryptocurrencies require large amounts of energy — more than is used by entire countries — to perform the computations associated with crypto mining. The majority of Bitcoin mining occurs in the [...]

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January 14, 2022

Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts >> Book and Blog by David Gerard, Author and Blogger, United Kingdom, 2017 An experimental new Internet-based form of money is created that anyone can generate at home; people build frightening firetrap computers full of video cards, putting out so much heat that [...]

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Concerns About Pollution from “Data Center” in Morgantown Industrial Park

January 13, 2022

Secretive ‘science facility’ seems like a major polluter From the Opinion Editor, The Dominion Post, Morgantown, WV, January 13, 2022 Usually, when a new business or industry makes its home around Morgantown, local politicians and business advocates are positively abuzz, talking to anyone who will listen and promoting the area’s newest addition. But that’s not [...]

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Ambient Air Monitoring @ Airport in Morgantown, WV [WV-DEP-DAQ]

January 12, 2022

2021 Ambient Air Monitoring Annual Network Plan and SO2 Data Requirement Rule From the Annual Report, WV-DEP, Division of Air Quality, June 7, 2021 WVDEP – DAQ 2021 Ambient Air Monitoring Annual Network Plan Monongalia County — Site: Morgantown, WV Location: Morgantown Airport, Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV AQS ID: 54-061-0003 Latitude: 39.649367, Longitude: -79.920897 Comment: [...]

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Proposed ‘Data Center’ in Morgantown Industrial Park ~ More Questions

January 11, 2022

QUESTIONS for W. V. Department of Environmental Protection about a ‘Science Facility’ 1/11/22 RE: Proposed Permit R13-3533, ‘Science Facility’ ~ Marion Energy Partners, LLC 1. Why locate the ‘Science Facility’ along side an existing gas well where there are hazards and dangers of toxic fumes, explosive leaks or future space needs to plug or otherwise [...]

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Proposed “Science Center” in the Morgantown Industrial Park is Problematic or Worse

January 10, 2022

To the W.V. Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality, 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV From the Sierra Club, West Virginia Chapter, Box 4142​, Morgantown, WV 26504, ​​​​​1/4/22 Re: Draft Permit R13-3533 for Marion Energy Partners, LLC, “Science Center” (‘data center’) for Morgantown Industrial Park >> Dear Mr. Edward Andrews @ WV-DEP: Thank [...]

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UPDATE on INSIDE APPALACHIA ~ Coal Mining Jobs in the Balance

January 9, 2022

“Amid Coal’s Decline, What Comes Next for Appalachia” Broadcast and Podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), January 7, 2022 People in coal country are pleading for help as coal’s decline accelerates. This week on Inside Appalachia, we explore the economic and health impacts coal has had on coal communities in Appalachia. We’ll talk about [...]

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