WVU Press publishes first book in it’s Energy and Society series

Oil and Nation places petroleum at the center of Bolivia’s contentious 20th-century history. Bolivia’s oil, Cote argues, instigated the largest war in Latin America in the 1900s, provoked the first nationalization of a major foreign company by a Latin American state, and shaped both the course and the consequences of Bolivia’s transformative National Revolution of 1952. Oil and natural gas continue to steer the country under the government of Evo Morales, who renationalized hydrocarbons in 2006 and has used revenues from the sector to reduce poverty and increase infrastructure development in South America’s poorest country.

Myrna Santiago, author of The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938 declares “there is nothing like this book at all in English, so it will be a wonderful addition to the literature. It is well researched and documented, and the style makes for a comfortable read for undergraduates and an interested non-academic public too.”

Commenting on Trump’s search for EPA admin, Ziemkiewicz says it’s possible to strike a balance on regulation and development

“What we seem to swing back-and-forth on in this country is a regulatory environment that’s either too loose or too tight. There are ways to achieve economic development and environmental protection, but somehow or another, we need to strike that balance,” says Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute.

Ziemkiewicz says the country as a whole often gets carried away with the one side of the argument, while the other side isn’t addressed, which can be problematic.

WVU Shale Gas Network Forum to feature Marcellus shale lab preliminary results

Morgantown, W.Va. – The Shale Gas Network Forum will highlight early results from the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Erickson Alumni Center. MSEEL, a fully-instrumented commercial well drilled in Westover a year ago, offers researchers a first-of-a-kind glimpse into the inner workings of unconventional natural gas production. Petroleum Engineering Prof. Kashy Aminian, WVWRI Director Paul Ziemkiewicz, and Geology Associate Professor Amy Weislogel will hold a 60-minute panel presentation, followed by refreshments, posters by other researchers and informal networking about the latest energy advances. Click this link for details and to RSVP.

Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU, and Jay Hewitt, Northeast Natural Energy, work at the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory in Morgantown.      Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU, and Jay Hewitt, Northeast Natural Energy, work at the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory in Morgantown.