County at a Glance - Ritchie
History1,2: Formed in 1843 from parts of Wood, Harrison,
and Lewis counties and named in honor of Thomas Ritchie, a distinguished
journalist of Richmond, Virginia, whose mother was a sister of Judge Spencer
Roane, for whom Roane County was named.
Area (square miles)1: 455.27
County Seat1: Harrisville
Population (1990)1: 10,233
Leading Industries and Chief Agricultural Products1: petroleum,
natural gas, clothing, glass and glassware, livestock, hay and grain
Public Recreation Areas3: Hughes River Wildlife Management
Area, North Bend State Park, North Bend Rail Trail
Coal Facts and Figures4
Coal Reserve Summary
Original Mineable Reserves = 0 tons
Coal Production, 1995
Total Production = 0 tons
Number of Underground Mines = 0
Number of Surface Mines = 0
Gas and Oil Facts and Figures5
NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING DATA ARE PRELIMINARY VALUES--
NOT ALL 1995 DATA HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND
NOT ALL 1995 DATA HAVE BEEN QUALITY CHECKED.
Gas Production, 1995
Total Reported Production = 6,337,239 thousand cubic feet (Mcf)
Well Count = 2,691
Average Production = 2,355.0 Mcf
Oil Production, 1995
Total Reported Production = 58,305 barrels (bbl)
Well Count = 576
Average Production = 101.2 bbl
1 Information Source = Counties in West Virginia Blue Book - 1995:
D. E. Holmes (ed.), Chapman Printing, vol. 77, p. 731-846.
2 Information Source = New Descriptive Atlas of West Virginia: 1933,
Clarksburg Publishing Company, 64 p.
3 Information Source = Departmental, Statistical, and General
Information in West Virginia Blue Book - 1995:
D. E. Holmes (ed.), Chapman Printing, vol. 77, p. 953-1038.
4 Information Source = Statistical Section in Annual Report
and Directory of Mines - 1995, West Virginia Office of
Miners' Health, Safety, and Training, July 1996, p. 23-66. [Note: Original
Mineable Reserves from the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES)]
5 Information Source = West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP); data have undergone a cursory quality check by the WVGES
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