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West Virginia is at the center of a massive shift within the global energy markets that will profoundly reorder the state’s economy for generations to come.
Its impact is already being realized in the natural gas industry, whereby West Virginia-based operations are now producing so much dry methane and natural gas liquids (NGLs) that they are both being exported internationally.
Recent one-sided Gazette-Mail articles, written in partnership with the advocacy publication ProPublica, mislead readers by failing to emphasize how the region’s flourishing natural gas market benefits West Virginia: It has put thousands of local workers back to work, saved families and provided a paycheck where there wasn’t one.
Regional production of cleaner-burning natural gas has also improved the environment; generated record quantities of affordable, reliable fuel and electricity; mass-produced jobs in energy and non-energy fields; and helped businesses of varying sectors, from grocery stores to hotels — all while providing family-supporting wages that pay down mortgages, buy food and fill prescriptions.
Attempting to draw parallels between West Virginia’s thriving natural gas industry and the region’s history of coal production, a recent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail functions more as an anti-natural gas development scare tactic than objective piece of investigative journalism. As the first in a series of West Virginia-focused articles in partnership with New York City-based advocacy outlet ProPublica, the piece inaccurately frames the region’s natural gas development as something to fear rather than celebrate.
To understand the extent to which this article missed the mark about the state’s natural gas development, let’s breakdown some the article’s key claims:
High in some trees atop Peters Mountain in Monroe County sits a small group of passionate and dedicated protesters doing what they can to delay or stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
“We couldn’t let it just happen,” a treetop pipeline protester told Matt Combs of the Register-Herald in Beckley.
About a half a dozen protesters are taking turns in the trees along the mountain ridge near the Appalachian Trail. A small group on the ground is providing food and support. They all deserve credit for their dedication and passion toward doing what they believe they must do.
If you want to know the state of America’s environment today, a good place to start is with the dramatic decline in airborne emissions from power plants over the past decade.
As they generate electricity, hundreds of fossil-fuel power plants across the country emit sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide into the air. The first two substances cause acid rain and contribute to respiratory ailments and are the emissions of most concern to public health. The third is the principal greenhouse gas that accompanies the burning of oil, natural gas and coal because of their carbon content.
Natural gasoline is one of West Virginia’s most abundant yet least recognized natural resources. But chances are virtually anyone who has driven our highways lately has benefited economically as well as environmentally from its use.
Natural gasoline is the liquid byproduct of natural gas that, for traditional shallow wells, has been collected as condensate in wellhead holding tanks for over a century. Commonly referred to as “drip gas” in the field, its use dates to early American industrialization when Henry Ford used it in the Model T and the Wright Brothers tapped Ohio wells to power their aircraft engines.
Historically, the Gulf Coast has been the most profitable place to build and operate a petrochemical company. The numbers have always supported that fact.
However, the numbers have changed.
Sitting atop two of the most prolific shale plays in the world, Shale Crescent USA is now the most profitable place to build a petrochemical company.
Five factors support this new realization:
- Abundant Natural Gas Supply
- Access to Water
- Proximity to Market Demand
- Skilled Labor Force
- Cost Advantage