West Virginia

West Virginia’s Hope Gas Looks to Acquire Mountain State Unit of Peoples Gas

West Virginia’s Hope Gas Looks to Acquire Mountain State Unit of Peoples Gas

One of West Virginia’s largest natural gas local distribution companies (LDC) is further expanding its customer base in the Mountain State with a new acquisition months after coming under new ownership. Hope Gas Inc. disclosed Tuesday an agreement with Essential Utilities to purchase Peoples Gas WV, which serves 15 counties in the state. The deal…

January 17, 2023
Timely Release of USFS Draft Review a Potential Boon for MVP

Timely Release of USFS Draft Review a Potential Boon for MVP

Earlier than expected, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released a draft version of an updated environmental review needed for the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) proposed 3.5-mile crossing of the Jefferson National Forest along the Virginia-West Virginia border. Notice of the availability of the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) was published in the Federal…

January 9, 2023
Developer Says West Virginia Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant to Benefit from Federal Incentives

Developer Says West Virginia Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant to Benefit from Federal Incentives

CPV Group LP said Monday it has selected Doddridge County, WV, as the site of a planned $3 billion, 1,800 MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant that would use carbon capture technology to minimize emissions. CPV is majority owned by Israel-based energy solutions company OPC Energy Ltd., whose shares trade on the Tel Aviv Stock…

December 14, 2022
CPV Proposes 1,800 MW Plant for Natural Gas-Rich West Virginia Using CCS

CPV Proposes 1,800 MW Plant for Natural Gas-Rich West Virginia Using CCS

Competitive Power Venture Inc. (CPV) has proposed a 1,800 MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant in West Virginia that could allow the Appalachian Basin production leader to create and distribute more low-carbon power. CPV announced the potential $3 billion investment in Charleston, WV, earlier this month alongside Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Maryland-based CPV also disclosed…

September 20, 2022
West Virginia Researchers Eye Hydrogen-Friendly Natural Gas Turbines

West Virginia Researchers Eye Hydrogen-Friendly Natural Gas Turbines

Researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) are developing technology to keep natural gas turbines at large-scale power plants intact when using hydrogen to generate electricity. “In West Virginia, we have access to natural gas,” said WVU’s Xingbo Liu, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor. “We are sitting in one of three major gas fields, the Marcellus…

July 20, 2022
Environmental Groups Again Challenging MVP Water Quality Approvals

Environmental Groups Again Challenging MVP Water Quality Approvals

The 2 Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project received a key water quality certification (WQC) from West Virginia late last week, but environmental groups have filed yet another lawsuit against the approval.  The pipeline would move Appalachian natural gas to the southeast via a 303-mile route through West Virginia and Virginia.  The Sierra Club and…

January 5, 2022
Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Increased activity in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale helped push the U.S. rig count nine units higher to 512 during the week ended Friday (Sept. 17), according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 10-rig increase in oil-directed drilling offset a one-rig decline in natural gas-directed rigs in the United…

September 17, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Up Two as GOM Activity Rises

U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Up Two as GOM Activity Rises

The U.S. natural gas rig count rose two units to finish at 101 during the week ended Friday, a week that also saw a notable uptick in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), according to updated data from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Drilling gains in the United States for the…

July 9, 2021
West Virginia Bill to Establish More Natural Gas Well Permitting Fees Headed to Governor

West Virginia Bill to Establish More Natural Gas Well Permitting Fees Headed to Governor

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill establishing a $2,500 fee for producers that want to make modifications to existing horizontal natural gas well permits.  Senate Bill 404 passed both Republican-controlled chambers last week and is headed to Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s desk, who is expected to sign it. The bill was introduced in…

March 22, 2021
EQT Shifting More Focus to West Virginia, With No Plans to Drill in Ohio This Year

EQT Shifting More Focus to West Virginia, With No Plans to Drill in Ohio This Year

EQT Corp. is planning more drilling and completion activity this year in West Virginia, where it will focus on lowering well costs in a state that’s home to a large chunk of its assets.  “I think when you step back and look at the assets that we have, about 40% of our leasehold is in…

February 19, 2021
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