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- Strength in numbers: Diversifying America’s petrochemical industry bolsters security
- Anne Blankenship: Higher natural gas severance is a tax on WV's future (Gazette Opinion)
- Energy companies commit to reducing environmental impact of pipeline construction
- Poll finds favorable view of oil and gas industry
- ExxonMobil and Employees Contribute More Than $287,000 To West Virginia Colleges and Universities
- MarkWest Sherwood Plant helps growth and development in Doddridge County
- Fracking study shows no water well contamination
- Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development
- Howard Swint: Midstream key to West Virginia's economic growth (Daily Mail)
- Letter: Natural gas growth wonderful news for West Virginia (Daily Mail)
- Propublica-funded Article On W. Virginia Shale Development Is More Scare Tactic Than Objective Journalism
- Daily Mail editorial: Mountain Valley Pipeline will provide much needed economic boost
- Mark J. Perry: Low-cost natural gas an environmentally friendly fuel (Daily Mail)
- Howard Swint: WV natural gasoline fueling economic development (Daily Mail)
- IHS Report on Petrochem Manufacturing in Appalachia
- Cove Point Becomes 2nd U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal
- Chris Ventura: Rally for lower energy costs starts with you (Gazette)
- Gassed up and ready to go
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.
CANONSBURG, Pa. — West Virginia University’s Energy Institute, along with assorted partners, presented it’s first findings to the public Tuesday to showcase the region’s ability to attract and support the petrochemical industry through the use of gas storage hubs.
Doug Patchen, the director of WVU Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Consortium, said the study shows a bright potential future in the ability of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio to support the petrochemical industry.
“There are some areas of small liquid storage in upstate New York and down in a couple places in the Appalachian Basin, but nothing of this scale,” Patchen said.
We thank Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, who worked to help ensure a vote would be taken to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before the U.S. Senate adjourned for the August recess.
For states like West Virginia, the vote to confirm the FERC nominees and restore a quorum at the agency was a critical action necessary for the completion of more than a dozen pending energy infrastructure projects across the nation, including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia.
John Miller - Executive Editor
It’s no secret that the Marcellus and Utica Shale gas fields that lie under Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia have the potential to be an economic game-changer in terms of a source of cheap, clean energy and a catalyst for the rebirth of America’s manufacturing base.
Certainly with five planned interstate pipelines crossing our state in order to get the gas to market — Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as off-shoring facilities in Maryland — we have a vested interest in the development of this natural resource.
With coal having a somewhat limited long-term future as a base load for power generation and natural gas having surpassed coal as the largest source of electricity in the nation last year, the future is indeed bright.
However, if we are not careful, West Virginia could miss out on the opportunities to maximize the full economic impact that a 100-year supply of natural gas provides.
Unfortunately, West Virginia has already lost out to both Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio on landing the much-desired cracker facilities that break out the ethylene that serves as the base stock for the plastics, chemical and various manufacturing industries.