Committee Activities

Committee participation is the primary method WVONGA makes its presence known in the oil and gas industry.Our committees review issues, develop policies, explore new opportunities, and compile plans of action to support the responsible management and oversight of our industry - an industry that plays a vital role in the growth and prosperity of our state and nation.

Environmental Affairs

This committee monitors an increasing number of federal and state environmental issues and regulations to develop a appropriate response. Their reports and updates are provided to the members.

Melissa AtkinsonChesapeake Energy/Chesapeake Appalachiamelissa.hatfield-atkinson@chk.comCo-Chair
Eli McCoyPotesta & Associates, Inc.LEMcCoy@POTESTA.comCo-Chair


The mission of the Safety Committee is to provide a venue for continued improvement of safety in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry in West Virginia via the sharing and promoting of Best Practices, providing safety resources for members and contractors and promoting public awareness.

Jason PorterApex Pipeline Services, Inc.japorter@apexpipeline.comChair

Government Relations

We ensure that the views and concerns of our members are taken into consideration by West Virginia lawmakers, the association maintains a constant presence at the Capitol. During the legislative sessions, our members meet weekly to discuss legislation. In addition, the committee hosts legislative meetings as a way to share information and to maintain consensus on key issues.

Pat McCuneCONSOL Energy (CNX Gas)patmccune@consolenergy.comChair

Public Relations

The committee works with the board of directors and executive committee on industry and association dealings with public and media related issues, They also work to develop informative public educational programs to promote a positive image of the oil and natural gas industry in West Virginia.

Karen MatusicXTO Energy, an ExxonMobil subsidiarykaren_matusic@xtoenergy.comChair

Shale Alliance / Unconventional Gas

Our newest committee that focuses on the positive impacts the Marcellus and Utica shale can provide to West Virginia. Our purpose is twofold:

  • Focus on the environmental, economic, transportation and other related issues that are unique to the shale development
  • Concentrate on solving the challenges that negatively influence the benefits of the shale development.

Gary SlagelSteptoe & Johnson PLLCgary.slagel@steptoe-johnson.comChair


The Legal committee performs a variety of issues that impact the industry.  Attorneys from member companies are asked to review proposed regulations and respond as needed.

Tara LeeTriana Energy, LLCtlee@trianaenergy.comChair
Joe DawleyEQT Corporationjdawley@eqt.comChair


The Tax committee consists of tax professionals and lawyers from member companies; they review tax changes that impact the industry and respond appropriately. 

Kerry AlbrightChevron North America Exploration & Production Co.kerryalbright@chevron.comCo-Chair
Drew HarroldChesapeake Energy/Chesapeake Appalachiadrew.harrold@chk.comCo-Chair

Joining is Easy

Interested in becoming a member? Download the membership application!

Only members get to review the full company profiles of other members...and use the safety library...and use the upcoming Service Directory!


Corky Demarco
Executive Director

PO Box 3231 | Charleston WV 25332 | Phone: 304.343.1609 Fax: 304.343.5610 | Toll Free: 866.343.1609