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CLARKSBURG — Coal is still the king of electricity generation in West Virginia.

While the state has seen an enormous amount of activity in recent years due to the ongoing oil and gas boom, the majority of oil and gas produced in West Virginia is shipped elsewhere for use.

CLARKSBURG — The evidence of North Central West Virginia’s continued oil and gas boom is hard to miss.

From parking lots filled with heavy-duty pickup trucks to campsites packed with recreational vehicles, the signs of the industry’s activities are everywhere.

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) announced today an historic, industry-leading initiative to reduce methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade, based on 2010 levels. The initiative will prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road for a year or planting nearly 180 million new trees.

WVONGA seeks passage of HB 2834

Charleston, W.Va. (February 11, 2019) – With the goals of making West Virginia more competitive with our neighboring shale states, decreasing the environmental footprint and protecting the rights of others, the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) strongly supports House Bill 2834, legislation to modernize the minimum spacing provisions for the drilling of horizontal deep wells. 

“To encourage investment in our state’s natural gas industry and keep us competitive with surrounding states, deep well spacing requirements must be modified to account for the technological advances that have been made in horizontal well development,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA.  “Modifications in West Virginia’s statute, like those proposed in HB 2834, will enable future growth in the Utica Shale formation and allow operators the ability to embrace modern, safe technological advances that reduce environmental impact.”

Pipeline employment grew by 434% between Q1 2017 - Q2 2018

Charleston, WV – The number of natural gas pipeline construction jobs grew by 434 percent between the first quarter of 2017 and the second quarter 2018, leading total direct industry employment to its highest level in recent years and helping bolster West Virginia’s economy and its growing State budget surplus. 

Over the past few months, several articles have been published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail about the oil and natural gas industry that appear to be one-sided with an obvious anti-development bias. The articles, funded by ProPublica, never bother to highlight the many benefits the industry provides our state. While ProPublica’s publicly stated mission “to expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust ... using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing” is a noble idea, it should also equip readers with all the facts on a given issue. It should not cherry-pick its facts and find quotes to fill in around a predetermined outcome.

Charleston, WV (December 2018) – Encouraging and mentoring women in the oil and natural gas industry is the goal of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association’s (WVONGA) 5th Annual Embracing Energy Conference, to take place in Charleston on Thursday, December 13th, organization representatives announced. 

“This event will bring together women in the oil and gas fields, as well as those interested in working in this industry, for education and networking,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association.  “There are many opportunities for career growth and development in the energy sector, and I would encourage anyone interested in learning more to attend this conference.” 

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