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Ohio Valley Coal Co. is seeking state approval to mine under a 16-acre area of Barkcamp State Park in eastern Ohio, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The state’s largest coal producer has applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a permit to expand its Powhatan No. 6 mine underneath part of the 1,005-acre park.

Ohio Valley Coal, owned by Murray Energy Corp. of St. Clairsville, owns the mineral rights that underlay Barkcamp. The Natural Resources Department manages the park’s surface.

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The proposal, which includes an additional 314 acres next to the park, calls for room-and-pillar mining, which is more stable than longwall mining, Natural Resources officials say.

Mississippi Water Pipeline would help Fracking Operations

Officials in Wilkinson County, Miss., are looking at using water from a lake near the Louisiana-Mississippi line to provide water for oilfield fracking in southwestern Mississippi.

According to The Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Miss., county officials say the water pipeline would run from Lake Mary through Wilkinson and Amite counties. It would supply water to hydraulic fracturing operations in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation in southwestern Mississippi.

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Officials say the oil companies would pay for the infrastructure and then buy the water from the management district.

Koch Pipeline Launches Innovative Mobile App

Koch Pipeline Company (KPL) released a mobile app Nov. 3 that provided pipeline safety information for people who live or work near KPL-managed pipelines.

KPL operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelines in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois that transport crude oil, refined products, natural gas liquids and chemicals.

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The free app is available in iTunes and Android app stores. Its three main themes — recognize, react and report — help users understand where they are located in relation to a pipeline, recognize possible pipeline issues or suspicious activity, react effectively, and report the information.

The app also explains how to dig safely near a pipeline, and includes live links to contact emergency services and KPL.

Colorado State University Develops Monitoring Tool

According to the Denver Business Journal, a new website launched last week provides real-time information about water quality near oil and gas wells in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.

Colorado State University researchers developed the project, called Colorado Water Watch. A monitoring tool collects groundwater quality data around the drilling operations and uploads information every hour to a CSU-operated website.

The project monitors for changes in water quality and examines the possible effects of oil and gas operations, agriculture, industrial activity and urban runoff. The project was partially funded by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Noble Energy Inc.

For more information, visit waterwatch.colostate.edu.

UND Develops Petroleum Engineering Program

The University of North Dakota has developed a petroleum engineering program aimed at preparing workers for the state’s booming oil industry.

According to The Williston Herald, UND has said the most common requests that oil companies come to them with is a lack of talent. UND says more than 278 students are enrolled in the program. Ten students have already graduated, and 10 more are expected to graduate this year.

Every graduate of the program has found employment immediately after graduation.

The college is constructing the Collaborative Energy Complex to house the program as well as the Institute for Energy Studies.


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