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Alpha Natural files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

BRISTOL, Va.— Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years. The company operates about 60 coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming. Coal prices have plunged in recent years as utilities have switched increasingly to natural gas, partly because of price, but ...

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85% of natural gas growth comes from the Northeast

It’s not a shocker that almost all of the U.S.’s natural gas growth has come from the Northeast, and for that you can thank new production techniques. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations found in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and into Kentucky are responsible for 85 percent of the nation’s ...

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Study finds natural gas reserves in Appalachia larger than estimated

A shale formation that runs through portions of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states has more recoverable natural gas reserves than initially estimated, a new study released on Tuesday has found. Release of the findings comes one day after industry officials announced that natural gas has surpassed coal as the nation’s top source of electricity, a development made possible by ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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Free water-testing class offered


The Kentucky River Watershed Watch has paired with Frack Free Foothills to teach a free water testing class to document preexisting water conditions in the southeastern area of Madison County (predominantly Red Lick). “In anticipation of companies pursuing hydraulic fracturing in our community, this free water testing class represents and excellent opportunity for landowners and community members to set up ...

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Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through 18 Kentucky counties under controversial plan

LEBANON – A company’s proposal to change the product flowing through an existing natural gas pipeline, and to reverse the flow through that interstate line, is drawing increasing concern and comment from Kentuckians. Of particular concern to people in Lebanon and Marion County is the possibility of an explosion in the underground line or a leak and resulting contamination of the ...

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House explosion in northern Kentucky injures 2

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. — Authorities say one home was flattened and a few others were damaged in a late-night explosion that injured two people and was felt for miles away. Alexandria Fire Department Captain Keith Hamman told The Kentucky Enquirer he lives three miles from the scene, but felt the rumble from the explosion late Saturday before his phone rang. “Oh, ...

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Kentucky group to hold meeting on natural gas fracturing


BEREA, Ky.  — An environmental group focused on hydraulic fracturing in Kentucky is meeting in Berea. The group called Frack Free Foothills says it was formed to keep Kentucky free of the practice known as “fracking.” It’s a method used to extract natural gas by injecting water, sand and chemicals into the ground under high pressure to release the gas. ...

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Fracking debate may be on way to Kentucky


LEXINGTON, Ky. — The debate over hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to drill oil and natural gas wells, may be coming to Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports there’s been increased interest among oil and gas companies in areas of eastern and central Kentucky. Local officials told the newspaper that companies have signed hundreds of new oil and gas leases with ...

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