Tag Archives: West Virginia

Faulty science comments can quickly spin out of control

Just in the past few days we have seen an exquisite example of how inaccurate, unfounded, faulty scientific statements can quickly cause unwarranted public alarm.  A professor in West Virginia made unsupported public statements that he ‘guaranteed’ some residents in the state were breathing in formaldehyde gas at unsafe levels as they were enjoying their [...]

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W.Va. and Pa. pipeline projects a blueprint for continued natural gas development

In the last year, northern West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania have witnessed an expansion in natural gas production capacity with the launching of new pipeline projects, a trend that must continue if American manufacturing is to sustain its leading role in the economy. According to the Charleston Daily Mail, in July and September of last [...]

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Marcellus to Manufacturing: Ethane fueling chemical industry in West Virginia

During a 2011 visit to the Mountain State, American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley predicted “a golden age in chemical manufacturing in the United States,” with West Virginia sharing the bounty from affordable and abundant supplies of Marcellus shale gas. In an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail, Dooley reiterated his upbeat forecast: [...]

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Shale gas development in W.Va. depends on meeting critical infrastructure needs

“Regulations and policies around natural gas production and infrastructure development will ultimately determine whether shale gas becomes the ‘game changer’ everyone hopes for,”ACC’s Owen Kean said in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week. The bipartisan hearing, “Shale Gas Development: Meeting The Transportation, Pipeline, And Rail Needs To Renew [...]

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USA Today: Job growth expected from abundant, affordable natural gas

“The nation’s fast-growing supply of cheap natural gas is setting off a manufacturing revival that’s expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs as companies build or expand plants to take advantage of the low prices,” reported USA Today’s Paul Davidson on Wednesday. CNN and MSNBC also picked up the story, which quoted ACC President [...]

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Chemical Alliance Zone: Ethylene could bring widespread benefits to struggling Appalachia region

“If we don’t have the ethane in the natural gas, there’s no chemical industry, if there’s no chemical industry, we don’t have manufacturing in the United States,” said Kevin DiGregorio, executive director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, in a recent interview with West Virginia’s State Journal. Ethylene is a valuable chemical that is used to [...]

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Why support abundant natural gas from shale? Rockefeller, Yergin and Dooley weigh in

Why should President Obama make good on his promise to support natural gas development from shale? Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa), economist Daniel Yergin and ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley have all weighed in. Sen. Rockefeller last month wrote a letter urging President Obama to create or support job training programs in areas with plentiful [...]

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Pennsylvania, Two Neighbors Vie to Procure Cracker”

“There’s a whirlwind of competition swirling among Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia for the chance to start a new generation of industry and manufacturing,” Timothy Puko wrote in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Sunday, referring to an opportunity to build a $3.2 billion petrochemical plant in one of the three states. The Shell “cracker” plant, used [...]

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With jobs still top of mind in 2012, shale gas and the ‘creative class’ bring hope to struggling states

As we ring in the New Year and look towards the 2012 presidential election, it’s clear what issue remains top of mind: good American jobs. A “good job” today is one that averages 30+ hours per week and comes with a regular paycheck and benefits from an employer, according to Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO [...]

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API’s Jack Gerard sees an ‘abundance of opportunity’ in American energy; how can chemistry help bring us there?

“When we look at all our domestic energy options – fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels – we see a nation with an abundance of opportunity for growth,” said American Petroleum Institute (API) president Jack Gerard in a speech Wednesday at the association’s second annual State of American Energy [...]

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