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Musician Makes Stand for Coal

Wheeling Native Performs at UMWA Rally

May 5, 2013

WHEELING — Tom Breiding would not describe himself as an activist. However, upon attending a rally against Patriot Coal Corporation in Charleston last September, Breiding felt inspired....

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May-06-13 5:09 PM

Still trying to keep the lipstick on your shale gas porker, Sounder? Everyone needs to track down a copy of: "'U.S. Geological Survey Oil and Gas Assessment Team, 2012, Variability of distributions of well-scale estimated ultimate recovery for continuous (unconventional) oil and gas resources in the United States': U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1118". Concerning the Marcellus, specifically, one petroleum industry analyst summed up the USGS findings as: "Chesapeake Energy (CHK) claims average EUR's (estimated ultimate recoveries) for the Marcellus at 4.2 Bcf. Range Resources (RRC) has claimed average EUR's as high as 5.7 Bcf in investor presentations. According to the USGS, however, the average EUR for the Marcellus turns out to be about 1.1 Bcf." And, "EUR" doesn't take into account the dramatic year-to-year per-well production decline rates. Y'all have been sold a bill of goods.

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May-06-13 12:02 PM

Hanging on for dear life to the Coal Industry is one of the reasons that West Virginia and those counties impacted by mining coal have a poor track record of attracting new industry. If Coal was so great for the local economy then why, until Shale Gas came into the picture, did the neighboring Ohio counties of Belmont and Harrison look as though anyone who could leave those sad places, up and went.

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May-06-13 8:20 AM

Missing from all of this is explanation of just how valuable Coal, and the byproducts of it's use, could really be. Coal is being converted into Gasoline and Diesel fuel in China and South Africa. China says they're making "huge profits" from it; while South Africa has been converting Coal into liquid fuels for more than half a century. And, right now, fuel alcohol synthesized from industrial exhaust gas Carbon Dioxide is being blended into gasoline in Iceland, Sweden and one or two other north European nations, and sold at filling stations. Coal ash can be used in making high-performance cement and concrete. The US EPA is housed in the Ronald Reagan Office Building, which is made of concrete filled with a high percentage of Coal Ash. All of that should take care of "exceptionally soft markets".

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May-05-13 3:51 PM

This is wonderful news. Wheem and waterling Jesuit allowed property here in Wetzel county to be frac drilled and we were terribly upset. My husband graduated from there and is a member of the honor society and we were fighting to the community. Wells became contaminated and flaring and emissions made people very sick. We need UNIONS or the workers have no rights. Visit a coal town this summer!

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