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In response to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, the PSC and WVONGA have decided to postpone the Gas Pipeline Safety Seminars that were originally scheduled in April 2020.  We will attempt to reschedule the seminars later this year and will keep you informed once new dates are confirmed.

If you have questions, contact Mary Friend, Director of the Gas Pipeline Safety Division, Public Service Commission of West Virginia at 304-340-0770 or mfriend@psc.state.wv.us.

WVONGA & IOGA are teaming up to offer a special OIL & NATURAL GAS LICENSE PLATE!

og plateDriving a personal or fleet vehicle with this special plate will enable you to identify and promote the industry.

To get your special plate, please complete the attached "preliminary interest application" from the DMV.  Mail it and a check for $91.50 made payable to "IOGAWV Special License Plate".  

If you have any questions, or want additional information, please call 304-343-1609 or email jcox@wvonga.com.

Thanks to IOGA for coordinating these efforts on behalf of WVONGA members.  

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By Bill Way, CEO Southwestern Energy Co.
Nov. 17, 2019

Our planet’s most precious resource, vital to sustaining healthy ecosystems and communities, is water.

The first civilizations took root beside water, harnessing it for crops. Later, the first industries were born along waterways that provided power for machinery and a means of transport. Today, water serves as a critical resource in modern energy production, providing a necessary ingredient for the hydraulic fracturing revolution has made our nation more energy secure and independent.

Protecting and conserving this vital resource is everyone’s responsibility. At Southwestern Energy, taking on that responsibility goes beyond a commitment to being a good environmental steward. It’s a SWN core value that drives all of our operational decisions as we responsibly develop natural gas and oil across Appalachia.

Our successful track record and path to continue protecting and enhancing water quality is guided by Southwestern Energy’s “Fresh Water Neutral” initiative. Simply put, for each gallon of fresh water we use in our operations, we replenish or offset it into the environment. We’re proud to have met this commitment for nearly four consecutive years.

We want to lead the battle against climate change.

This may sound surprising to some, as the oil and natural gas industry is not always portrayed as an environmental steward.

To be certain, we believe a thriving industry is a critical part of the state and national economy. But we also believe that caring for our environmental future is a vital responsibility. Sustaining the planet for generations to come must be the top priority for all of us.

We recognize climate change is a real, substantial challenge and we’re committed to helping meet that challenge by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas, comprised primarily of methane, emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal and 30 percent less than oil. Our industry is embracing the newest technologies and most innovative approaches to greatly exceed environmental standards for emissions at state and federal levels, including those that minimize methane entering the atmosphere during the production and distribution of natural gas.

Charleston, WV – Property taxes on oil and natural gas production will provide West Virginia’s county governments with over $123 million for local school systems and vital community services in 2019. The West Virginia Division of Tax & Revenue reported an increase of nearly 40 percent, or $34.8 million, over 2018.

“Those counties where natural gas and oil production is occurring have received hundreds of millions of dollars in the way of property tax receipts over the past several years,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA). “Although the amount of property taxes may fluctuate year over year due to many factors including commodity prices, West Virginia’s producing counties continue to receive significant funds generated from the development of our oil and gas resources.”

  • August 11th is Nationwide 811 Day, an annual initiative led by the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • The initiative promotes safe digging practices to avoid damage to underground utilities
  • Excavation is the leading cause of pipeline incidents, but is easily preventable 

Clarksburg, W.Va. – National 811 Day is Sunday, August 11, and Dominion Energy is urging homeowners and professional excavators to put safety first by calling 811 to have underground utility lines located before any digging project. A recent nationwide survey found 42% of homeowners will put themselves and the safety of their community at risk by not calling 811 before they dig. 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the 10th straight year the output of West Virginia oil and natural gas production has risen, bringing record-high numbers, according to data from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) said numbers from the DEP’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas indicated production of natural gas in 2018 rose to 1.8 Tcf (trillion cubic feet) from 1.5 Tcf in 2017, a year-over-year increase of 17 percent.

Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of WVONGA attributed the consistent rise to a few things on Wednesday’s MetroNews ‘Talkline.’

“The boom in the Marcellus Shale here that we are sitting on top of in West Virginia and more specifically the advances in technology that we make every year,” she said.

She added the drilling technology getting better and better equals an increase in production which turns to gas prices being lower.