WVU researcher receives NIH grant to explore effects of fracking on cardiovascular health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Building and operating a hydraulic fracturing well site can emit airborne particles in multiple ways. But scientists still don’t fully understand how these particles impact human health.

Travis Knuckles, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, has received $450,000 from the National Institutes of Health to investigate these questions.

WVU researcher developing innovative process to improve environmental sustainability and water quality

Morgantown, W.Va. -  West Virginia University could be at the forefront of solving a $57 billion pollution problem and finding new ways to transform forestry waste into a cash crop for the state and region. 

Kaushlendra Singh, associate professor of wood science and technology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, is leading a multidisciplinary research team to develop innovative biochar, a specialized form of charcoal that can be used to improve soil quality. It is produced by heating organic matter, such as wood chips or pine needles, to high temperatures under controlled conditions.  

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


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. 

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 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.

Anderson speaking at petrochemical conference at transformational time

To Charlie Schliebs, this year's Northeast U.S. Petrochemical Construction conference couldn't come at a more pivotal moment here in Appalachia.

Schliebs, managing director of Stone Pier Capital Advisors in Pittsburgh, is chairman of the conference and also its moderator. The first two events, also held in June the past two years, were dominated by the Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals plant that is being built in Beaver County. Just days before the first conference, in June 2016, Shell had made the final investment decision, and it was the first time its local leader answered questions about the project. Last year, Shell's plant still dominated conversation.

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.

WVU signs expanded cooperation agreement with Chinese energy company

“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.

“Joint research and learning opportunities lay the foundation for collaboration between West Virginia and Chinese businesses and governments that can result in development of clean energy systems with global impact and can lead to economic investments and a cleaner environment in the future,” Anderson said.