Belmont County

Monitoring Greenhouse Gases From Space

Jan 15, 2020
A fracking explosion in Belmont County in February 2018 created one of the worst methane leaks in U.S. history.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Section

A satellite orbiting earth revealed that a 2018 fracking explosion in Belmont County created one of the worst methane leaks in U.S. history. More methane gas leaked into the atmosphere in 20 days than all but three European countries emit in a year.

The Ohio River Valley has seen some of the largest jumps in mortality rates among people in midlife — those between ages 25 and 64 — in recent years.

A fracking explosion in Belmont County in February 2018 created one of the worst methane leaks in U.S. history.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Section

In February 2018, an explosion at a fracking site in Belmont County, near the Ohio-West Virginia border, forced residents within a 1-mile radius to evacuate their homes for several weeks.

A study this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that the accident resulted in one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the U.S.

President Donald Trump
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A county Republican Party leader in southeast Ohio is getting a lot of state and national attention for his decision to resign after watching President Trump’s press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. But unlike Trump, he’s not walking back or changing what he said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Section

Just over a month ago, an explosion at a Utica shale drilling site in Southeast Ohio's Belmont County forced evacuation of nearby homes. It took nearly three weeks to cap the well. Investigators are now sorting out what happened, and how to keep it from happening somewhere else.

Reid Frazier / Allegheny Front

A petrochemical company from Thailand that has already invested $100 million in a facility in eastern Ohio is considering making an even bigger investment. But it’s not a done deal.

Evacuation orders are in place for residents in the Powhatan Point area after an explosion and fire at a well pad.
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In eastern Ohio's Belmont County, some residents are still evacuated from their homes after a natural gas well explosion last week.

The path of the Ohio River snakes southwest out of Pittsburgh and forms the border between Ohio and West Virginia. Here, the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains rise along its banks, and beneath that Appalachian soil lie the natural resources that have sustained the valley's economy: coal — and now, natural gas.

To people far away, who consume goods made with energy fueled by the Ohio Valley, coal and gas may be harmful agents of global warming.

But to people in Ohio coal country, a good life on the ground is paid for by what's underneath it.