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INSTITUTE, W.Va. — The California-based company that plans to operate two methanol plants in the Kanawha Valley will use plants in other parts of the world that are no longer in operation.

US Methanol CEO Brad Gunn tells MetroNews the plants are currently in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Central Europe.

“We went and bought two existing methanol plants that are in other parts of the world and we’re taking them apart as we speak, transporting them here and putting them back together,” Gunn said.

The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — Work is continuing to bring three natural-gas-fired power plants to West Virginia, with an estimated $2 billion investment in the three projects, an official with Energy Solutions Consortium said.

Energy Solutions is planning to build the power plants in Harrison, Marshall and Brooke counties, spokesman Curtis Wilkerson said.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A veteran of the natural gas industry has been tabbed to head up the organization which represents the industry for the time being.  The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association recently named Steve Perdue as the interim Executive Director following the untimely death of longtime director Corky Demarco.


CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Most of the natural gas utilities doing business in West Virginia have paid less for the product during the past year and that will result in lower rates for their customers heading into the winter, the state Public Service Commission announced Monday.

steveperdueCharleston, W.Va. (August 5, 2016) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) – one of the longest-serving trade associations in the state and representing the entire oil and natural gas industry – has announced the hiring of Stephen G. Perdue as Interim Director.

“Steve is an industry veteran with decades of experience in the oil and gas business in our state and region,” said Kevin Ellis, Chairman of the WVONGA board.  “His understanding of the industry’s issues coupled with his years of management and administrative experience position him perfectly to lead our organization while we conduct an extensive search for a permanent director.”

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.