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Marshall To Be Richest County

Kessler says region reaping the benefits of natural resources

August 16, 2013

TRIADELPHIA — With one of the most productive coal mines in the state and an ongoing oil and natural gas boom, state Senate President Jeff Kessler said Marshall County is poised to become the riches......

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CherokeeProud

Aug-16-13 2:40 AM

Mr. Kessler, How can you say Marshall Co. will be the richest county when all President Obama wants to do is do away with coal? Do you know something we do not know? Should we believe you or Obama? Sounds like to me that someone does not know what they are talking about.

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VincentVega

Aug-16-13 5:51 AM

MORE MONEY FOR FOOLS!

Richest county in the state with a school system lead by the dumbest in the state. For too long, the Marshall County Board of Education has failed the parents and children who have relied upon them.

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Ragnar

Aug-16-13 6:01 AM

Since they are the richest county in the state, perhaps they can fund their school construction projects with 100% local dollars and get rid of their never ending levies.

What do ya think?

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SMART1

Aug-16-13 6:11 AM

Wow,Senator Kessler standing up for coal??? Show your true colors! I LOVE OBAMA! WLU should have invited the phony Obama, or Biden! All that's right, all the donkey lovers including Manchin will be hugging him next month in Charleston @ the big democrat dinner! Time for a change! These democrat leaders will say anything to get elected! Vote GOP all the way!!!

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dyingov

Aug-16-13 7:36 AM

ragnar, When the good peeps of MC vote for levies, where do you think that tax comes from?

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mikeyd

Aug-16-13 8:33 AM

next week they'll say they are broke.

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WVUGEO

Aug-16-13 8:53 AM

CherokeeProud: Since you referred below to President Obama and made reference, without naming it, to his supposed "War On Coal", as tediously emphasized so many times by this paper, in the service of complete honesty note should be made that Obama served, while still a US Senator, along with WV's Senator Robert Byrd, as a cosponsor of what later became Senate Bill 156, "The Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007", which would have supported the development of an industry to convert Coal into Gasoline and Diesel fuels. Senate Republicans immediately buried S156 "in committee". They've been converting Coal into Gasoline and Diesel on a large-scale industrial and commercial basis in South Africa for more than half a century; and, they've started to do the same thing in a big way in China - with the participation and help of West Virginia University. We're just not being openly, fully and publicly, informed.

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WVUGEO

Aug-16-13 9:00 AM

Since many people use Carbon Dioxide emissions as one reason to attack Coal, and since the benefits of Coal to Marshall County are emphasized in this article, we wanted to point out that Bayer Corporation, who have a plant in southern Marshall County, are, at a pilot plant in Germany, collecting the CO2 emitted by a Coal-fired power plant there; and, are using that Carbon Dioxide as a raw material for the manufacture of certain types of plastics and polymers; thus displacing raw materials conventionally derived from OPEC petroleum. We could and should start doing things like that here, or at least be openly told about them.

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WVUGEO

Aug-16-13 9:03 AM

Since Coal Ash, like Carbon Dioxide, is one objection people have to the ongoing use of Coal, it seems important to point out that Coal Ash can be used in the making of high-performance Cement and Concrete. For instance, the Ronald Reagan Office Building, home of the US EPA, is made of concrete that contains a lot of Coal Ash used as a physical property-enhancing fine aggregate. Another use for Coal Ash is as an ore of Aluminum. Shenhua, the largest Coal-mining company in the world, have an Aluminum refinery up and running in China that uses Coal-fired electric power plant Ash as the ore.

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acousticportal

Aug-16-13 9:20 AM

Cherokee..you should not be proud to exhibit such ignorance..at a time of the highest production and trade of fossil fuels in our history, it makes sense to increase environmental AND human protections.

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WVUGEO

Aug-16-13 9:31 AM

Again, since CO2 is one objection people raise against Coal, in addition to Bayer Corporation's use of CO2 as a raw material for the manufacture of polymers we should note that CO2 can also be used for the synthesis of hydrocarbon fuels. Methanol, made from CO2 by an Icelandic company, "Carbon Recycling International", is being blended into Gasoline at service stations in several north European nations. Pilot plants are up an running in Japan and Germany that convert CO2 into substitute natural gas Methane. And, Saudi Arabia has a pilot plant which might be up and running now in the Gulf nation of Bahrain, which converts CO2 into synthetic petroleum products. Further, the US Navy has an entire suite of technologies that collects CO2 from the environment, and, in some cases using environmental energy the drive the processes, then converts that CO2 into liquid hydrocarbon fuels. They've even designed ships to operate the process and serve as "oilers" for the fleet.

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WVUGEO

Aug-16-13 12:11 PM

Someone clicked "Disagree" on our post well below, addressed to CherokeeProud and concerning Coal liquefaction. If you're disagreeing about WVU helping China develop a Coal conversion industry, there are a lot of sources we could refer you to. But, one most telling, which has been made available to at least one senior editor of this rag, is a presentation made by WVU Professor Jerald J. Fletcher in 2004, at the "3rd US-China Clean Energy Workshop", held in Morgantown, WV. Entitled: "Coal to Clean Fuel; The Shenhua Investment in Direct Coal Liquefaction", it reported that synthetic crude petroleum could be made from Coal at a cost of "$24/bbl".

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mkhunt

Aug-16-13 1:13 PM

Money won't buy back your water when its gone, or the air that is needed to live or land that once was farms. Rt 250 is a mess in more ways than one. Drugs and exploitation of women goes with this dirty business. As for China..the people are slaves there, the contamination is killing them and they are arming for military action to keep their power(think WW2 Germany. Are we insane or what!!!This is not a political issue but a direct attack on us, our constitution and human rights. Look up these corporations online.

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CherokeeProud

Aug-16-13 1:20 PM

@acousticportal: Seeing as you think I am ignorant, I fully believe you are a Obama supporter. That is much better than being an Obama supporter. If you don't think he is trying to kill the coal industry you need to go have your head checked. How come the UMWA voted for Obama and now regret ever voting for him? He is killing America. Are you sitting back with him and laughing at us like he is doing to all Americans? If so, move out of the UNITED STATES!

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anutterview

Aug-16-13 4:46 PM

FOTFL

Seeing how well Marshall County had done with its coal reserves, it will be interesting to see how they benefit from the current gas boom.

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Ragnar

Aug-16-13 6:02 PM

dying

Yes the levies come from local funds. My point was that, since Marshall County is so "rich", perhaps they can use this new revenue to fund their projects, and do away with levies.

Use your head, man!

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Hefner

Aug-16-13 6:19 PM

Kesseler's speech is all "feel good" propaganda having no relevance to anything, other than what he hopes will be his (God Forbid) reelection. The need for coal will outlive Obama, Kessler, and their great grandchildren, so stay calm and carry on. Gas and oil are a temporary boon for the area and if anyone gets rich they'll be out of the area before anyone knows they're rich. WVGEO can answer any questions you have on this subject.

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BigMike

Aug-16-13 7:34 PM

GEO: "Senate Bill 156, "The Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007", which would have supported the development of an industry to convert Coal into Gasoline and Diesel fuels. Senate Republicans immediately buried S156 "in committee"."

There you go again WVUGEO.

SB156 Sponsor Sen Jim Bunning (R) KY. Cosponsors: (14) Bond, Christopher “Kit” [R-MO] Craig, Larry [R-ID] Enzi, Michael [R-WY] Landrieu, Mary [D-LA] Lugar, Richard [R-IN] Martinez, Mel [R-FL] Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] Obama, Barack [D-IL] Pryor, Mark [D-AR] Thomas, Craig [R-WY] Dorgan, Byron [D-ND] (joined Jan 11, 2007) Byrd, Robert [D-WV] (joined May 02, 2007) Barrasso, John [R-WY] (joined Sep 17, 2007) McConnell, Mitch [R-KY] (joined Jul 31, 2008) Committees: Senate Finance - The COMMITTEE CHAIR determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

Chairman Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT] Ranking Member Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT] The chairman is always selected from the MAJORITY party.>

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BigMike

Aug-16-13 7:41 PM

Obama, Barack [D-IL] had a reason for co-sposnoring "The Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007", but it wasn't the Act itself, it was furthering his own political career. He co-sponsored it because in a Democrat controlled Senate it was DOA and was going nowhere.

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BigMike

Aug-16-13 7:48 PM

Correction to WVUGEO's earlier post "Senate Bill 156, "The Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007", which would have supported the development of an industry to convert Coal into Gasoline and Diesel fuels. Democratic chairman Max Baucus immediately buried S156 "in committee"."

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dyingov

Aug-16-13 7:49 PM

rangar, Local taxes are responsible for "most" of the local school funding! Passing levies or not the money still comes from the locals.

So what is your point?

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Aug-16-13 8:02 PM

If indeed these counties are so "rich" because of this industrial and energy base, why are residents still required to pay taxs!!!!

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WVUGEO

Aug-16-13 9:12 PM

Noted a number of folks disagreed with everything we posted earlier. One of special interest to us is our post about WVU's report of Coal liquefaction in China. Why anyone would disagree with our statement concerning that is beyond understanding, it concerns a document definitely published by WVU. We can't post links, but just do a web search for "US-China Energy Center at West Virginia University". It's headquartered at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy, in Morgantown. They have their own web site. It's a major initiative, and it's more than a little sad more hasn't been reported about in the WV press.

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true2bun

Aug-16-13 10:19 PM

Be a bunch rich ol hillbollies

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true2bun

Aug-16-13 11:12 PM

Coal ash better known as flyash, make sure you get type f

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