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Burning Springs – A History of the Oil and Gas Industry

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“Examine the impact of the discovery and production of natural gas on the social, political, and economic history of western Virginia and West Virginia. Learn the processes used to find and access gas deposits and the relationship between natural gas and saline deposits.”

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Explore the entire documentary “Burning Springs – A History of the Oil and Gas Industry” on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “PBS Learning Media” Website

(A preview and excerpts are below)


A preview of the one hour documentary “Burning Springs” about the oil and gas industry in WV. (1:19/2014/Motion Masters)


Short excerpt from “Burning Springs” documentary

(2:51/2011/WV Public Broadcasting)


A longer excerpt from “Burning Springs” documentary (10:57/2014/MotionMasters)


    “The History of Union Carbide in Kanawha County, WV”

“The first commercial ethylene plant in the world was established in Clendenin, WV in 1920 by Union Carbide, and is regarded as the origin of the petrochemical industry.””In 1923, Union Carbide began production of several ethylene-based chemicals in South Charleston. Under Union Carbide’s leadership, the industry fostered a world-class research technology park. Union Carbide has since merged with DOW Chemical, and the research was moved to other areas of the country.”

(10:29/@1990/MotionMasters)

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