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Charleston, W.Va. (August 17, 2017) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) applauds West Virginia’s legislative leaders, Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead, for their foresight in elevating natural gas issues through the formation of the new interim Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development.  .  

“President Carmichael and Speaker Armstead have demonstrated they understand the important role natural gas development has and will continue to play in West Virginia’s economy,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA. 

Clarksburg Exponent
by Leah Nestor Staff Writer

CLARKSBURG — Companies in the oil and natural gas industry sprang into action after areas of West Virginia experienced devastating flooding July 29.

“West Virginians support one another in tough times,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, in a press release.

Some of the companies that helped in recovery efforts were MarkWest, Antero Resources, Southwestern Energy and Dominion, donating thousands of cases of water and tens of thousands of dollars to the Red Cross.

Dominion Hope and parent company Dominion Energy helped relief efforts in Rachel and Mannington in Marion County, as well as in Wallace in Harrison County.

Christine Mitchell, Dominion external affairs representative, said the company sent truckloads of supplies to Marion County when it looked as though residents in Rachel needed more help, and Dominion sent truckloads of supplies, work crews and equipment to the outlying areas.

Charleston, W.Va. (August 15, 2017) – West Virginia’s natural gas industry is working to help those communities and residents affected by the flooding in the north central and northern parts of the state, representatives announced today. 

“West Virginians support one another in tough times,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).  “Our employees live and work all across West Virginia, including the flood affected areas, and we feel it is our duty to help in times of need.  WVONGA members, including MarkWest, Antero, Southwestern Energy, Dominion and many others, were quick to respond with contributions of manpower, equipment and financial assistance.”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which plays a vital role in making sure the national electrical grid is functional, is back in business.

The Senate approved two new nominees last week, giving the board three members.

Acting Chairwoman Cheryl LeFleur said the commission will work to address matters that have been idled.

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