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West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey

Applied Coal Resources

  • Answer coal related questions from all public and private sectors.
  • Produce, update and make accessible coal resource maps on our Internet Map Server
  • Collect coal and related data from the field, industry and government to allow interpretation of resources.
  • Input and maintain database information.
  • Produce coal resource maps for the various coal beds, including:
    • Geographic distribution
    • Structure
    • Thickness
    • Quality
    • Past mined areas
    • Distribution of toxic coal-related beds
  • Cooperate with other Geological Survey employees in the dissemination of coal and other geologic information about West Virginia.

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Applied Oil and Gas Resources

  • Maintain a database of oil and gas information to support research and responses to questions from government, industry, educators and the general public.
  • Provide property owners with information about existing wells on their land or the potential for oil and gas development.
  • Provide industry geologists access to an online oil and gas database to help them generate prospects for drilling new oil and gas wells.
  • Operate the only public well log library in the state, which includes downloadable images.
  • Supply information to various government agency employees, as well as assist students and professors with data for research projects.

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General Geoscience

  • Create geological maps of bedrock and surficial units in areas of the state of great geological, environmental or economic value.
  • Conduct geological field trips for scientists, educators, industry specialists and the general public to areas of geological interest within the state.
  • Answer questions from industry, government and the public on issues concerning water, non-fuel mineral resources, and geologic hazards such as landslides.
  • Provide internship opportunities for college students and earth science teachers in geological mapping.
  • Offering classes to public school teachers in the teaching of earth sciences.

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Information Services

  • Plan, manage and support the agency’s computer network and operations.
  • Plan, develop, implement and manage geological and administrative data systems, digital publications and digital mapping.
  • Provide public-access services to geological data and information for the state, including the agency’s Web site, basic data, etc.
  • Participate in agency research projects; notably in the area of oil and gas.
  • Liaison to state government for information technology.

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Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS)

  • Coordinates development and implementation of statewide Geographical Information Systems (GIS) hardware, software, databases, as well as communication standards and operating procedures among GIS user agencies.
  • Maintains a close relationship with different state administrative and civil service staff, county officials, company representatives, other governmental agencies and individuals to give and obtain information and gain concurrence and cooperation in different operational aspects of the State GIS Program.
  • Applies proven principles, techniques, theories, and methods of GIS guided by broad statements of program objectives, government regulations, operating practices and GIS Steering Committee goals while working closely and maintaining frequent contact with user agencies, consultants, and other interested parties.
  • Confers and coordinates with GIS user organizations and personnel throughout the state to determine user needs, promote GIS use, education and professional development.
  • Administers and supervises the activities of the State GIS program, planning, organizing, coordinating and delivering high level Geographic Information System (GIS) services to agencies of state government.
  • Researches funding sources and prepares applications for funds to support statewide GIS development.
  • Assists in the further development of a GIS Technical Center in cooperation with West Virginia University (WVU) to provide technical support in the implementation and operation of a statewide GIS.
  • Negotiates and monitors performance of annual service contracts with state, local and private entities and educational institutions.

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Geological Survey 2012
Geological Survey 2012 Annual Report

The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey provides information on coal, carbon sequestration and the exploration for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. Read the agency's 2012 Annual Report.
Michael E. Hohn
Director and State Geologist

John D. May
Deputy Director for Finance and Administration

Applied Coal Geology
Mitch Blake

Ronald R. McDowell

Oil and Gas Resources 
Mary C. Behling 

Water Issues and Geologic Hazards
Jane S. McColloch

Computing Services and Publications
Mary C. Behling

Earth Science Information Center
Paul R. Liston

Public Service
Kenneth C. Ashton

Publication Sales
Michael A. Kirk

Geographic Information Systems Coordinator
J. Antonio “Tony” Simental
1124 Smith St., Room LM-10
Charleston, WV 25301-1336