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Pipeline awaits installation in a natural gas project.

Drilling Permits Cancelled For Underground Natural Gas Storage Project

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MONROE COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Ohio environmental regulators have canceled key permits needed for an underground natural gas liquids storage facility proposed along the Ohio River. According to an order from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, permits to drill three three Class III solution mining wells in Monroe County, Ohio were cancelled on Sept…. Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Investor Pulls Out Of Proposed Belmont County Cracker Plant

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Daelim Chemical USA, a major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio, announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the project. In a joint statement with PTTGC America LLC, the Thailand-based company driving the project in the Ohio Valley, an executive said that despite Daelim’s withdrawal, the project… Read More

Gavel leaning against a row of law books

Mayor of Bridgeport Suspended After Records Tampering, Theft in Office Charges

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BRIDGEPORT, Ohio (WOUB) — The mayor in the Village of Bridgeport has been suspended from office after alleged theft in office. A commission designated by the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday made the ruling against David W. Smith. Auditor of State Keith Faber had appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Smith, who was indicted on February… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Plan for Ethane ‘Cracker’ Plant in Belmont County Takes a Step Forward

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A partnership proposing to build an ethane “cracker” plant in Ohio has reached economic development agreements to pay two government entities millions in the coming years. A spokesman says that while the agreements are an important step, PTTGC America and Daelim Chemical USA have not made an investment decision on building the… Read More

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Two Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Belmont County

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Belmont County. According to the Belmont County Health Department, a husband and wife in their 50’s tested positive after health officials there conducted the swab Wednesday. Deputy Health Commissioner Rob Sproul said the two had traveled to Washington D.C. for a political conference…. Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Ohio Governor Meets with Proposed Belmont Co. ‘Cracker’ Plant Developer

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor and lieutenant governor met Wednesday with officials from one of the companies proposing to build a multi-billion dollar ethane “cracker”plant in southeast Ohio. A spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine said no “substantive update” would be provided from the meeting in Columbus with board members from Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical…. Read More

Environmental groups posted signs in Shadyside, OH.

Settlement Reached Over Proposed Ohio Cracker Plant Air Permit

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Environmental groups have reached a settlement agreement with a petrochemical company  in Ohio to beef up air pollution controls at a proposed petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical America and South Korea-based Daelim Industrial Co. have proposed building a multi-billion dollar ethylene cracker plant on a 500-acre tract of land in Belmont County,… Read More