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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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Summersville, W.Va. – Dominion Energy West Virginia (DEWV) and The Thrasher Group jointly announced that the DEWV warehouse facility in Summersville has attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification at the Silver level under the v4 rating system. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. LEED measures energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved indoor air quality and stewardship of resources.

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2018 – API issued the following statement regarding EPA’s release of data from Greenhouse Gases Reporting Program report today, which continues to show a downward trend in GHG emissions even as U.S. oil and natural gas production grows dramatically.

“The United States leads the world both in natural gas and oil production and in cutting GHG emissions—clean natural gas produced through advanced technologies like hydraulic fracturing is playing a significant role in driving carbon dioxide emissions to 25-year lows,” said API Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman. “Americans have the cleanest air in decades due in part to the increased use of natural gas to generate electricity, demonstrating that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive.

Major weather events in recent years have demonstrated a growing need for diversifying America’s petrochemical industry.

A year ago this week, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas — and within six days, 27 trillion gallons of rain had fallen on the region. Winds reaching up to 135 mph tore through the nation’s fourth-largest city, devastating Houston and the Gulf Coast.

The West Virginia oil and natural gas industry has been identified by some as a source to fund annual cost increases of $50 million for the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

In a recent commentary, Jay O’Neal, treasurer of the Kanawha County chapter of the West Virginia Education Association, wrote “there is plenty of money available to PEIA without hurting working West Virginians. It’s just a matter of priorities.”

Mr. O’Neal advocates an increase in the natural gas severance tax as a source to fund PEIA, as he believes revenue from the resource will continue to increase. Contrary to Mr. O’Neal’s statement, an increase in the natural gas severance tax would be certain to hurt working West Virginians, as well as the state itself.

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