WVONGA’s committee structure promotes its mission of ensuring a strong, viable oil and natural gas industry. Committee engagement is one of the most valuable benefits of the WVONGA membership. It allows member companies to contribute their perspectives and expertise towards the association’s efforts to maintain a unified and thoughtful strategy on regulatory, legal, and legislative outreach and programming, among other areas.
Member participation and engagement is strongly encouraged in committees. Serving on a committee is a great way to grow your network, deepen your expertise and develop leadership skills. Volunteering also is a meaningful way to contribute to the collective success of the oil and gas industry and the communities we serve. Some committees meet more frequently than others, and all enable members to participate via conference call.
If you are interested in serving on a committee or have questions, please contact a member of WVONGA’s staff. They provide additional more information on committee work plans, guidelines and comprehensive overviews including committee chairs and tentative meeting dates.
The mission of the Communications Committee is to proactively educate and inform West Virginians of the benefits, both direct and indirect, of the oil and natural gas industry. Members collaborate to identify and dispel inaccuracies about the energy industry, and to ensure communication tools are being used effectively to promote the legislative and regulatory goals of the association. The chair is Greg Hoyer, EQT Corp.
The members of the Environmental Committee work collaboratively to address various state and federal environmental issues and regulatory activity of interest to WVONGA membership. The committee provides public policy recommendations and industry guidance to the association. The co-chairs are Chad Keilman, Southwestern Energy; and Luz Slauter, Antero Resources. Committee activities are supported and coordinated with the efforts of Dave Yaussy and Mark Clark of Spilman Thomas and Battle. (Subcommittees include the threatened and endangered species working group, the O&G stormwater permit appeal working group, and the TENORM working group.)
Government Affairs Committee
Members of the Government Affairs Committee engage in statewide legislative and regulatory processes and strive to ensure that tedious laws and regulations do not adversely affect activities across all segments of the oil and gas industry. The chair is Chris Weikle, Southwestern Energy. (The unitization working group is supporting the committee’s efforts.)
Human Resources Committee
The Human Resources Committee supports and educates HR professionals by providing a platform for collaboration and education. Its goal is to help member companies avoid common HR and management problems that include administration of state and federal employment laws and regulations, attracting and retaining talent, and talent management and employee development. The chair is Bernie Deem, Align HR.
The Legal Committee provides members the opportunity to discuss legal issues affecting the industry and provides analysis to the association’s leadership. It also provides guidance, when necessary, where WVONGA’s antitrust policy and prohibited discussion are concerned. The chair is to be appointed by the board president.
Safety & Security
The mission of the Safety Committee is to provide a platform for continued efforts for increased safety, risk control and loss prevention practices in the oil and natural gas industry. Members share and promote best practices, provide safety resources for members and contractors, and work to increase public awareness. The co-chairs are Jason Porter, Apex Pipeline; Adam Scott, Antero Resources; and Alicia Cunningham, Encova Insurance.
The Tax Committee and its members provide a collective force for operators of the oil and gas industry to obtain fair and equitable taxation imposed by taxing authorities. The chair is Elizabeth Burg, Altus Group.
The Transportation Committee and its members work to establish unified lines of communication between West Virginia governmental agencies and the oil and gas industry, as it pertains to transportation issues. The chair is Shelton Barger, Antero Resources. (Subcommittees include the road slip working group.)