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Posts Tagged ‘WV’

Public Ownership of West Virginia Water

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
map of recent spills and locations of potential threats to water supplies along the Kanawha and Elk Rivers, which includes Freedom Industries

The problem comes down to this: Private water utilities are competing with publicly owned and operated water utilities for public dollars because public financing is cheaper than private financing. Moreover, the evidence clearly shows that private water companies are no more efficient and, at times, less efficient than public companies in delivering water services. The end result is that the promised advantages of privatization (access to new financing and better service) have not materialized. The bottom line is that there is no advantage to having a private water company over a public water company in terms of service delivery. And public water companies have a big advantage in terms of cost. Private companies have a fiduciary responsibility to stockholders to pay dividends, which ultimately results in higher water bills for customers; public water companies pay no dividends.

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West Virginia DOT: How the Salt Shortage Affects Your Commute

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Jim Moore, District 9 Maintenance Engineer, explains how the WVDOH plans to cope with the hike in salt prices.

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West Virginia DOT: Removing Rocks Using Inflatable Airbags

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The WVDOH hired GeoStabilization International to remove rocks along WV 99 where a rock slide occurred in Raleigh County. Airbags are wedged into cracks then inflated, which loosens the rock.

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West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Jackie Blankenship, US 119 DOH Supervisor, explains the pothole patching process.

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Raleigh County, WV: What Caused the Rockfall on Route 3?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Jimmy Wriston, DOT Engineering Adviser, explains what caused the massive rockfall along WV 3 in Raleigh County and what the WVDOH is doing to clean it up.

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Greenbrier County, WV: Plowing US 219

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A view from inside the cab of a WVDOH plow as it cleared snow and spread salt along US 219 in Greenbrier County on January 21, 2014.

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Huntington, WV: Learn From the Past – Build Up, Not Out

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Common perceptions about growth and development in Huntington, WV, are harming the city’s long term finances and limiting future opportunities for its residents. The city’s traditional downtown and surrounding core neighborhoods are solid assets that can, once again, be the strength of a prosperous Huntington.
-Strong Towns On YouTube

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Raleigh County, WV: Blasting Boulders on WV 3

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Three large boulders and debris fell onto WV 3 near Sundial in Raleigh County on Friday, December 27, 2013. This cellphone video of explosives being used to break up the rocks was taken by a WVDOH Engineer.

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Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why

Friday, November 29th, 2013
The Utica underlies the Marcellus in many areas, coming closer to the surface in eastern Ohio,

Over the last five years, firms with an economic interest in the expansion of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations — and their allies, supporters, and trade associations — have used a variety of tools and techniques to exaggerate the employment impacts of shale drilling. These strategies have ranged from the use of inappropriate measures, such as data on new hires, to represent job growth to the misleading attribution of all jobs in “ancillary” industries to the shale industry.

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Fracking’s Water Footprint in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Figure 1: Horizontal Marcellus gas well permits in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

This report focuses on the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. While conventional gas production has been conducted here for decades, unconventional wells that utilize advances in horizontal drilling have grown considerably more common in the past decade. Nearly nine thousand horizontal Marcellus Shale natural gas wells have been permitted in these two states from 2005 to 2012, and more than eleven thousand such wells will likely be permitted by the end of 2013.

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