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  • Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh- based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

  • Bankruptcy judge OKs $2.9M W.Va. spill settlement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.9 million settlement that would benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. Pearson's approval lets a U.S. District Court judge consider the deal as a separate lawsuit.

  • No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. A No Labels-backed Problem Solvers caucus formed on Capitol Hill and attracted close to 100 lawmakers. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat and a No Labels supporter.

  • West Virginia's uninsured dropped 3.5 percent Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both West Virginia and Virginia saw modest decreases in the number of uninsured residents last year. The U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday shows the number of uninsured people in West Virginia dropped from 264,000 in 2012 to 255,000 last year— about 3.5 percent. Virginia's dropped from 1 million in 2012 to 991,000 last year— about 1 percent.

  • Greater chance of Ohio drivers hitting a deer Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:16 AM ET

    That's according to State Farm, the state's largest insurer, which says motorists in the Buckeye State have a 1- in-127 chance of hitting a deer in the one-year period that began Aug. 1. State Farm says it will also cost more to fix a car that has hit a deer.

  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.

  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    "Rather than be picked apart on a state-by-state basis, with different regulations, we needed to have a coherent and cohesive federal system," said Anne Kolton, spokeswoman for the American Chemistry Council.

  • Senators chide freight railroads on delays Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:19 PM ET

    Shipping rates are 90 percent higher than they were in 2002, but service has drastically diminished, said Calvin Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council.

  • Walmart remains W.Va.'s largest private employer Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:01 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Walmart continues to be the largest private employer in West Virginia. Walmart is followed by West Virginia United Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center Inc., the supermarket chain Kroger and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mylan moved up from the No. 6. spot last year.

  • Hundreds of W.Va. mines workers warned of layoffs Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— In what has become a painful exercise across Appalachia, Patriot Coal is again telling hundreds of West Virginia mine workers that they could lose their jobs. On Tuesday, the St. Louis- based company said it sent federally required warning notices to all 360 workers at its Corridor G mining complex and prep plant near Danville.

  • Judge worried W.Va. company may abandon spill site Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    Judge Ronald Pearson expressed the concern in an order filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. The order points out that Freedom Industries' plan to liquidate says the company expects to pay $850,000 or less to remediate its Charleston spill site, plus related consulting costs.

  • Midwest railcar shortage debate shifts to DC Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    The national Surface Transportation Board held a hearing last week in Fargo, North Dakota, because farmers and some politicians have said increased crude oil and freight shipments from the state's western oil fields are largely the cause of shipping delays across the region that have led to grain to pile up.

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • Aug 7- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, an iron ore and coal producer, said on Thursday that Lourenco Goncalves, a former steel company executive, was named to run the company after activist investor Casablanca Capital triumphed in a proxy battle.

  • Aug 6- Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a smaller-than-expected second-quarter loss as the cost of selling coal in eastern United States declined 6 percent from the first quarter.

  • Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a slightly bigger adjusted net loss for the second quarter as coal prices remained weak. Alpha Natural is also being hurt by poor rail service in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, which is preventing the company from cashing in on an uptick in demand for electricity-generating coal.

  • Highmark Inc, which has customers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, will stop covering the procedure on Sept. 1, company spokesman Aaron Billger said in an email.

  • Senate to consider bill to keep Export-Import Bank open Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 PM ET

    The 80- year-old bank will be forced to close unless Congress acts to renew its charter by Sept. 30, but critics led by Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling have decried it as corporate welfare.