The responsible development of shale-gas resources in West Virginia will be a boon for the state's chemical sector, writes Steven Hedrick, vice president at Bayer CropScience and head of the company's Institute Industrial Park, which is located in the state.
A federal courthouse in Charleston, W.Va., is undergoing a $5 million renovation funded by the federal stimulus. Plans include replacing the roof on the 12-year-old Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building and installing a solar-panel system capable of generating 90,000 kilowatt hours a year.
West Virginia on Thursday became the last of 14 states to approve Frontier Communications' $8.6 billion bid to buy Verizon Communications' wireline business across 14 states. To win the state Public Service Commission's assent, Frontier agreed on a number of conditions that include: invest $231 million in its network by 2013, spend at least $48 million to boost broadband in Verizon's service area and provide high-speed Internet to 85% of those customers within four years. The FCC must still sign off on the purchase.
West Virginia regulators issued a document to guide oil and gas companies in water use and disposal during drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale formation. The document "addresses the need for well operators to be diligent about protecting the state's waters," the state's Department of Environmental Protection said. The companies' biggest challenge may be getting rid of drilling fluids, the guide added.