Wednesday, December 19, 2012

U.S. Chamber Study: Shale Energy to Create More Than 29,000 Jobs in W.Va.

The second phase of a comprehensive new study co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy was released today, and the study highlights the benefits that shale energy will have on West Virginia’s economy over the coming years. IHS, a leading global energy research firm, is conducting the three-part study to examine the economic impact of shale energy exploration and production across the country. Part one of the report, which focused on the national benefits, was released last month.

According to the study, shale energy production has already created more than 11,800 direct, indirect and induced jobs in West Virginia and is projected to support 29,600 jobs by 2020.  In addition, shale energy development will generate $283 million in state and local government revenue in 2012 alone and could be generating $884 million a year by 2020 alone.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LGCR Hires 'Rising Star' As Part Of Natural Gas Team And Expansion In Ohio

To meet client growth in the state of Ohio, Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC has hired Paul N. Garinger as its newest associate and the first attorney from the firm to be located exclusively in the Buckeye State.  He will provide legal services to the firm’s oil and natural gas clients, among others.

Garinger comes to LGCR after have worked for the past seven years as an attorney with Reminger Co., L.P.A. in Columbus, Ohio.  He has provided a variety of legal services and litigated on a number of areas pertinent to natural gas industry: title, lease, permitting, pipeline work and environmental matters.

Garinger also represented a multinational oil and natural gas company in a large-scale federally regulated pipeline project across the State of Ohio and aided financial institutions in consumer banking disputes under federal and state regulations.

During his legal career Garinger has represented employers before state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies such as the Ohio Department of Labor, Ohio Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Ohio Civil Rights Commission. 

Garinger earned his J.D. from the The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.A. in Economics from the Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  He also has completed three years of graduate work towards his Economics Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Federal Circuits.

He is a member of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association.  Garinger has been recognized as one of Ohio’s Rising Stars for 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine.

West Virginia law firm expanding to Columbus to target Utica shale business
Columbus Business First, Dec. 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Marcellus Activities Resulting In Strong Employment, Wage Growth In W.Va.

WorkForce West Virginia has issued a new report on "The Influence of the Marcellus Shale on Employment and Wages in West Virginia."  Among the report's findings are:

Establishments engaged in the construction of oil and gas pipelines, mains, refineries, and storage tanks have shown significant increases over the past four years. Employment in this sector stood at 1,276 in 2008 and in 2011 had grown by more than 50 percent to a level of 1,920. Wages during this period grew by approximately 18.9 percent from an average of $60,329 in 2008 to $71,723 in 2011.

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Report: W.Va. Sees Shale Job Growth
Industry leaders point to Wheeling as hub of activity

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, Dec.6, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ribbon-Cutting Held For MarkWest-Antero Gas Processing Facility

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today in Doddridge County for the MarkWest-Antero natural gas processing facility. Read more -

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

U.S. Attorney's Office In W.Va. To Create West Virginia Natural Resource Watch Group

Federal scrutiny and oversight of the natural resources industry will be heightened now that the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of W.Va. has announced the creation of the West Virginia Natural Resource Watch Group.  The new group will serve as a watchdog to monitor companies' compliance with environmental laws as they extract natural gas and other resources.  The members of the group have not been named.

Here is an excerpt from a Dec. 3 press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern District of W.Va.:

In addition to announcing the sentence imposed in the Chesapeake matter, U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld also announced the formation of the West Virginia Natural Resource Watch Group to ensure compliance with environmental laws and to promote respect for our state’s natural resources. This new task force will conduct its first meeting on December 13, 2012, and the team will include representatives from federal, state, and local agencies.

“It’s critical that we keep a close eye on the energy extraction that is going on all around us,” said Ihlenfeld. “The economic impact that it’s having on our area is wonderful but we must make sure that our natural resources are not compromised and that future generations have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.”

The agencies making up the group will work together to promote consistent communication, information sharing and good working relationships among law enforcement and regulatory agencies. It will also identify suspected violations of local, state, and federal environmental laws, coordinate prosecution efforts, and provide training.

The group expects to focus on violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as well as illegal disposal of hazardous waste, tampering with drinking water supplies, and other federal criminal violations that have an impact on the environment.

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