WVONGA Header final Subpage

WVONGA GAs Facts Banner 1080x250 2

Reprinted from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

There is more natural gas being produced from the Marcellus and Utica shales than is necessary to meet the demand in the regions to which that gas is easily transported.

It is a problem that has been apparent for some time to those living in the regions — including the Mid-Ohio Valley — where the promised natural gas boom has stalled.

Charleston, W.Va. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Highlighting the tremendous potential for highway improvements that will lead to jobs and economic opportunity, the board of directors of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) today issued a resolution of support for the “Roads to Prosperity” road bond amendment. The Roads to Prosperity Amendment will be voted on during a special referendum Oct. 7, and early voting is Sept. 22-Oct 4.

“West Virginians deserve a safe and efficient highway system and the thousands of jobs that will be created through passage of the Road’s to Prosperity initiative,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA.  “Funding is already in place to support Governor Justice’s highway program and no new taxes will be needed.  We encourage all natural gas industry workers, as well as all state voters, to support this initiative.” 

In part, the resolution states:

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.


The expected financial returns are higher for a project in the Shale Crescent region (WV, PA, OH) compared with a G… https://t.co/ixxnfEvBrB

Let’s unleash the power of WV’s oil and gas industry to grow jobs and investment by passing the Majority Protection… https://t.co/0DkBI1GevH