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The prospects for a West Virginia-based, underground ethane storage hub increased dramatically with Hurricane Harvey.

Fully 61 percent of U.S. ethylene production, the primary derivative of ethane and essential feedstock for the plastics industry, was shut down during the storm creating seismic supply chain disruptions in the downstream manufacturing sector.

CHARLESTON — If natural gas is the wave of the near future for generating electricity, West Virginia is missing the surge, state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said.

Thrasher told members of the state Senate and House of Delegates joint committees on government organization and government operations during legislative interim meetings in Charleston Tuesday that neighboring Ohio has built 19 gas-fired power stations in recent years, and Pennsylvania has built 22. He said West Virginia has built none, and the only gas-fired power plant on the drawing board for the state is tied up in a court battle.

Charleston, W.Va. (September 18, 2017) – West Virginia’s natural gas industry is heavily engaged in helping students, teachers and schools – both K-12 and higher education – improve learning opportunities and educational outcomes through its support of myriad initiatives across the state, representatives of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) announced. 

“Our members and their employees live and work in communities across West Virginia and we want to do all we can to make sure our students receive the best education possible,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA. 

Blankenship said the industry is involved in supporting elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities in West Virginia. Additionally, the industry supports a variety of education-related philanthropic organizations offering cutting edge programming focused on broadening learning opportunities in STEM, leadership, and energy curriculums. 

Blankenship said programming focused on educating students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a priority for many WVONGA members. Recent initiatives include: 

It takes only a few numbers for Doddridge County Assessor David Sponaugle to see what the natural gas industry has done for the tax base there.

In 2010, the total assessed valuation for Doddridge County – land, buildings, minerals, vehicles and all else – was $457,530,911, Sponaugle said. In 2017, it’s $1,386,157,147. That’s more than three times what it was seven years ago.

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