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Charleston, W.Va. (May 22, 2019) – As the state works to address declining road conditions, West Virginia’s natural gas industry spent more than $110 million over the last five years (2014- 2018) on road upgrades, maintenance and design. In 2018 alone, the industry spent more than $34 million.

“As an industry we use the roads in West Virginia and are cognizant that our operations – like other industries across the state – apply additional pressure to state roads,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA). “We strive to be good neighbors and have contributed significantly to road repairs in the areas where we work, predominantly in the northern portions of the state.”

WVONGA Nat Gas Stats Graphic 350x700 2Voters believe natural gas will play biggest role in the future of the state’s economy

Charleston, W.Va. (May 16, 2019) – A recent statewide public opinion poll conducted by the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) shows voters believe the natural gas industry will play the biggest role in the future of the state’s economy. 

In looking for solutions to economic concerns, a plurality of West Virginia voters (41%) believe the natural gas industry will play the biggest role in the future of the state’s economy compared to other industries, including tourism (22%), coal (20%), manufacturing (13%) and timber (2%), and 83% feel the natural gas industry is good for the state economy as it creates local jobs.

Additionally, nearly three-fourths (74%) of West Virginia voters favor drilling for natural gas in the Mountain State, including those who identify as Republican (88%), Independent (73%) and Democrat (63%).

More than two-thirds (68%) of respondents view the industry favorably --- higher than both coal (65%) and mining (61%) --- with voters living in areas with high levels of drilling activity favoring gas development by overwhelming margins (73%). 

“The poll proves what we hear and see every day on the ground from stakeholders, landowners and others who are watching this revolution: natural gas development is positively shaping the state’s economy and will continue to do so well into the future, and West Virginians recognize these facts more and more each day,” said WVONGA Executive Director Anne Blankenship.

  • Eight institutions of higher learning in West Virginia receive funds from Educational Matching Gift Program
  • More than 800 U.S. colleges and universities to benefit from ExxonMobil matching program
  • Program is primarily focused on enhancing math and science education

IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil and its XTO Energy subsidiary employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed more than $80,000 to eight West Virginia colleges and universities, the company said today. Those individual donations were matched by nearly $186,000 in unrestricted grants from the ExxonMobil Foundation as part of the Foundation’s 2018 Educational Matching Gift Program.

Staff video by Conor Griffith

 May 15, 2019

Jeff Keffer, the CEO and president of Longview Power, addressed the 2019 spring meeting of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association to emphasize the importance of building up the state's natural gas power generation capabilities due to aging and inefficient coal power plants. Longview itself is building a solar and gas generation facility near its coal plant to take advantage of abundant supplies.

by Conor Griffith BUSINESS EDITOR

May 15, 2019

He noted the oddity of a coal power plant executive speaking at a natural gas conference, but said Longview is now in the business of energy conversion rather than just coal-fired electricity generation.

The plant’s approach, he said, is to use whatever fuel is in abundance in order to produce cheap energy.

David Beard, The Dominion Post

May 14, 2019 11:42 am

WHEELING — State Senate President Mitch Carmichael told West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association members that legislative leaders are…

By David Beard/The Dominion Post in News | May 14, 2019 at 4:09PM

WHEELING, W.Va. — State Senate President Mitch Carmichael told West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association members that legislative leaders are behind their efforts.

“The fossil fuel industry is vital to our economy” he told WVONGA members during the first day of their annual meeting at Oglebay Resort. “There’s nothing we won’t do to help you achieve success. … You have a friendly leadership team in West Virginia.”

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