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Breaking Down West Virginia v. EPA

Breaking Down West Virginia v. EPA

  The Ohio River Valley Institute hosts a panel of legal experts for a discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision on West Virginia v. EPA. The decision stands to limit the federal Environmental Protection Agency's authority to lower greenhouse gas emissions...

Methane Emissions and Low-Producing Oil & Gas Wells in Appalachia

Methane Emissions and Low-Producing Oil & Gas Wells in Appalachia

Last December, the Ohio River Valley Institute published Stayin’ Alive: The Last Days of Stripper Wells in the Ohio Valley, a report chronicling the more than 177,000 low-producing, “stripper” oil and gas wells in Appalachia that could soon become abandoned and would...

Western PA Leaders Host Hydrogen Hub Information Session

Western PA Leaders Host Hydrogen Hub Information Session

  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 earmarks $8 billion for a fleet of regional hydrogen hubs. There are already efforts in Harrisburg to designate one such hub in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and earlier this year, a group of natural gas, petrochemical,...

Petrochemical Dreams Are Collapsing in Appalachia

Petrochemical Dreams Are Collapsing in Appalachia

  The oil and gas industry’s dream of a petrochemical cluster in Appalachia is collapsing. Years ago, oil and gas boosters claimed that fracking in Appalachia could generate a new petrochemical corridor in the Ohio River Valley, bringing more than 100,000 new...

Diversified Energy: A Business Model Built to Fail Appalachia

Diversified Energy: A Business Model Built to Fail Appalachia

  A new report shows Diversified Energy, the nation’s largest owner of oil and gas wells, does not have enough funds to plug its entire catalog of wells. If Diversified or other companies that own low-producing wells in the region were to go out of business,...

Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Aren’t Worth the Hype

Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Aren’t Worth the Hype

  Hydrogen made from methane and carbon capture are wildly expensive technologies that would raise taxes and electricity rates and boost costs for Ohio River Valley families. These technologies wouldn't create many permanent jobs and would prolong drilling and...

Bitcoin Mining Breathes Life into Zombie Coal Plants

Bitcoin Mining Breathes Life into Zombie Coal Plants

  Bitcoin is on the verge of going mainstream, with some companies — and even countries — recognizing the cryptocurrency as legal tender. The market cap of Bitcoin now surpasses both Facebook and Tesla, and it also recently became the 13th largest currency in the...

Destined to Fail

Destined to Fail

Between 2008 and 2019, the twenty-two counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that produce 90% of Appalachian natural gas badly trailed the nation in key measures of economic prosperity, including growth in jobs, personal income, and population. That’s...

The Centralia Model for Economic Transition in Distressed Communities

The Centralia Model for Economic Transition in Distressed Communities

  A new report from the Ohio River Valley Institute illustrates the real-life case of Centralia, Washington, a chronically distressed coal town that recently lost its coal mine and is now losing its coal-fired power plant. Yet, just five years after negotiating...

How Appalachia’s Shale Gas Boom Became an Economic Bust

How Appalachia’s Shale Gas Boom Became an Economic Bust

  If there is such a thing as a "resource curse", this is what it looks like. Between 2008 and 2010 the economic output of 22 Appalachian natural gas producing counties grew at three times the rate of the US economy. But the region's share of income, jobs, and...