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Charleston Gazette-Mail

I wish I had written this a month ago, before our friend and colleague Corky DeMarco passed away, leaving a big hole not only in the business and political communities in West Virginia, but also in the drive to turn Marcellus and Utica shale opportunities into jobs across the state.

It was about six months ago when Corky, the former executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, gave me a call and in his own unique way — forcefully but still cheerfully — said, “Kevin, I need you to write another op-ed about the downstream benefits of shale gas.”

Corky New Headshot 1 240x300Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco, Executive Director of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), sadly passed away at home July 8th from an apparent heart attack.

DeMarco, a life-long West Virginia resident, did not spend the early part of his career in the oil and gas industry, but often said he accepted the responsibility of leading WVONGA in November 2002 because of the industry’s potential for the state that he loved. During his tenure as Executive Director, DeMarco made significant contributions to the oil and gas industry, beginning with helping producers commit to working together to address their common challenges, as well as the concerns of their stakeholders throughout the state. This commitment helped DeMarco grow the organization from 39 active members in 2002, to more than 225 members at the time of his death.

Clarksburg Exponent

We applaud U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl’s decision blocking the efforts of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management to set more stringent standards for hydraulic fracturing on public lands.

Skavdahl, based in Wyoming, made the ruling last week, saying that the department didn’t have the authority to set tougher standards.

His ruling said that Congress would have to give the Interior Department the authority to make the new regulations lawful, finding that the agency’s effort “is in excess of its statutory authority and contrary to law,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Charleston, W.Va.(June 28, 2016) – Natural gas companies located in West Virginia today announced a combined donation of more than $350,000 to the America Red Cross West Virginia Region for flood recovery and disaster assistance efforts resulting from last week’s torrential flooding in parts of the state. 

Robert Orndorff, Dominion Resources’ State Director of Public Affairs, notified the Red Cross of the gift today on behalf of the industry partners.  

“Last week’s flood has impacted the entire state.  We live here, have offices here, and local employees here.  West Virginians support each other during tough times, and the gas industry is proud to be part of that tradition.” said Orndorff.  “We are thankful for the American Red Cross’ great work during disasters and hope this donation will go a long way in helping them assist West Virginians in this time of need as they recover from the devastating flood waters.”

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