‘Science Facility’ to Process ‘Data’ and Pollute our Neighborhoods

by Duane Nichols on January 18, 2022

Aptude Consulting, Leslie, IL, has some ideas ...? ..? ..?

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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