WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earths from acid mine drainage

Through a collaborative research and development program with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, WVU is opening the Rare Earth Extraction Facility to bolster domestic supplies of rare earths, reduce the environmental impact of coal-mining operations, reduce production costs and increase efficiency for processing market-ready rare earths.

Additionally, the technology could create jobs, helping to revive economies that have been historically dependent on the coal industry.

From Polluted to Playground: It's Taken 25 Years to Clean Up the Cheat River

Story by Brittany Patterson, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On a recent sunny Wednesday, Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University, was standing on a bridge looking out at Big Sandy Creek. It was a balmy afternoon, perfect for kayaking, and the creek running the Cheat River was clear. But 25 years ago, this water was a shocking orange color -- from acid mine drainage.

Register for PTTC Workshop "Hydraulic Fracturing in Horizontal Wells,” July 17-18

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This is a relevant, timely and academically exciting topic, and should be of great interest to the petroleum geological and engineering communities – anyone who deals with considerations such as optimal well-planning, production, economics and reservoir behavior – and to students and their professors.  With the recent Superior Court opinion in PA regarding “fracking trespass,” there should be additional interest from the legal community in how to reasonably measure the lateral extent of induced fractures. 

WVU signs expanded cooperation agreement with Chinese energy company

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University and Shanxi International Energy Group have signed an expanded agreement to cooperate on energy research, training and education through the U.S.-China Energy Center-Shanxi.

“Agreements such as these serve as another example of the types of relationships that WVU has been building in China for the past 18 years,” said Brian Anderson, WVU Energy Institute director.

West Virginia Water Research Institute to host state water conference; announces Call for Abstracts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The 2018 West Virginia State Water Conference will take place September 27-28 at Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.

The Conference Planning Committee is now accepting abstracts. To submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, complete the form below by June 30. The theme for the conference is "WATER: Exploring the Understanding, Significance, and Power of Life's Critical Resource.” Researchers and educators from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, private organizations, consulting firms, industry and students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for oral and poster presentation. This year's conference will also have a strong environmental STEAM education component, so researchers and educators in the STEM/STEAM education field are encouraged to submit an abstract.

Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center helping to develop economic plan for Potomac Highlands region

John Deskins, director of the BBER, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, said the need for this study stems to a significant degree from the closure of the Sugar Grove Naval Base in Pendleton County. The U.S. Navy decommissioned Sugar Grove in 2015 after 60 years of military activity there, mostly related to communications and information gathering.

While Deskins said the closure certainly had an adverse economic impact on the region, it was part of a larger problem.