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Charleston, WV – Property taxes on oil and natural gas production in 2016 will provide county governments in West Virginia with just over $134 million to fund local school systems and vital community services, representatives of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association announced recently. 

“The rise in natural gas and oil production over the past several years is benefitting West Virginians,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA). “All counties in the state receive gas tax monies and those counties where natural gas and oil production is growing have really seen a windfall.  Those funds are going for school improvements and to provide services to residents of the counties and municipalities.” 

annecCharleston, W.Va. (November 14, 2016) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) has hired Anne C. Blankenship to serve as the organizations’ executive director, representatives announced today. 

Blankenship, an attorney in the Environmental Services and Energy & Natural Resources practice groups of Babst Calland in Charleston, brings nearly fifteen years of energy and environmental experience to the position. 

“WVONGA is thrilled to announce the hiring of Anne Blankenship as the organization’s new executive director,” said Maribeth Anderson, President of the WVONGA board of directors and Director of Community & Government Relations for Southwestern Energy.  “Anne has a deep background in law and environmental regulations, and is a skilled communicator. She’s built a career in West Virginia and understands the landscape, and she has worked with companies investing in the shale revolution in the state. She is focused on making sure our industry reaches its potential in raising the economic tide for all of West Virginia.”

WVONGA’s executive director, Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco – a dear friend, colleague and loyal, life-long West Virginian – was well known for his generosity and compassion for others.

During the period following the devastating flooding that occurred throughout West Virginia in June 2016, and leading up to July 7, 2016 – the day we all learned the sad news of Corky’s passing – Corky and his family were dealing with the aftermath of the flooding and its impact on their family home.  

In fact, just after Corky’s passing, his wife learned that their home was no longer habitable and that the assistance offered by state and federal relief agencies was inadequate given the total loss of the home and property.  This realization has materially affected the lives of Corky’s family.  

To honor Corky’s legacy and to help his family rebuild, WVONGA has established The DeMarco Family Flood Relief Trust Fund through Huntington Banks.   

We respectfully ask for your consideration in supporting this initiative through either or both a personal and/or corporate contribution. Donations should be made payable to The DeMarco Family Flood Relief Trust Fund and may be mailed directly to Huntington Banks at: 

Huntington Bank
C/O The DeMarco Family Flood Relief Trust Fund
900 Lee Street E.
Charleston, WV 25301

Should you require a W9 form, and for additional information, click here

If you would prefer to hand deliver a contribution, or would like to speak with someone about this initiative, feel free to contact Ken Tawney (304) 340-1189), Bob Orndorff (681) 842-3146) or WVONGA staff (304) 343-1609).

Thank you very much for your consideration of this request to both honor Corky’s legacy and assist his family.

Attachments:
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Encouraging and mentoring women in the oil and natural gas industry is the goal of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association’s (WVONGA) 3rd Annual Embracing Energy Conference, to take place in Charleston November 10-11, organization representatives announced. 

“I see incredible opportunity for women to share their talents in the energy sector,” said Maribeth Anderson, Director of Community & Government Relations for Southwestern Energy, and the first woman to serve as president of the association. “The Embracing Energy Conference will bring together women from inside and outside of the gas industry to share their experience, wisdom and knowledge with conference attendees, and I would encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to attend.”

Anderson said the event will be held auditorium of the Columbia Gas Building, located on MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston.  The conference will kickoff with a luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 12:15pm and run through the evening, to include a reception and dinner.  On Friday, November 11, the event will start at 8:00am and conclude by noon.

Featured topics and presenters will include:

  • Work/Life Balance – Susan Brewer, Steptoe & Johnson, and Debra Degner, The Leadership Bridge, LLC
  • Industry History & Overview – Beth Elmore, Jackson Kelly        
  • Aha Moments – Beth Powell, New Pig Energy
  • Pipelines & FERC - Brianne Kurdock, Babst Calland
  • Geopolitical Overview - Kathy Beckett Member Steptoe & Johnson
  • Standing Up & Standing Out in an Industry Slowdown – Allison Valli and Shirley Wulf, Dimensions Leadership Group
  • Women & Industry Panel – Jessica Blake Brisendine, EQT; Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL; Julie Heins, Seneca Resources; and, Leslie Gearhart, Trans Energy, Inc.

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For additional information, contact Rebekah Hogue at (304) 343-1609.

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