Tag: State-Journal


Multi-state development efforts equate to a brighter future

West Virginia and its cities are not islands unto themselves. As they move in to the 21st century, they will find that many of their opportunities relate to crossing what have been historically inviolate territorial boundaries. This is true locally, with Charleston and Huntington working together, or regionally, with the Northern Panhandle and North Central West Virginia cooperating with the Pitts...

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Shale boom foundation for WV's new manufacturing economy

The development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has been a sea change for the natural gas industry nationally. In West Virginia, its effects have been dramatic, but in reality, only represent the beginning of much bigger developments to come. The shale boom is a transformational precursor to fundamental changes which, with proper leadership and community support, will drive West Virgin...

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State's Midstream facilities grow to meet gas production increase

It takes only a few numbers for Doddridge County Assessor David Sponaugle to see what the natural gas industry has done for the tax base there. In 2010, the total assessed valuation for Doddridge County – land, buildings, minerals, vehicles and all else – was $457,530,911, Sponaugle said. In 2017, it’s $1,386,157,147. That’s more than three times what it was seven years ago...

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