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Maribeth AndersonMaribeth AndersonCharleston, WV (October 17, 2016) – One of the state’s oldest trade associations, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), has a new President. Maribeth Anderson, of Southwestern Energy, was elected on October 11th at the group’s annual meeting in Wheeling. 

“The oil and gas industry in our state represents a bright spot for the economy of West Virginia,” Anderson said. “I’m eager to work alongside others to help make sure we fulfill the potential that this resource offers, especially related to jobs and economic development.” 

Nearly 230 companies are part of the association, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary last fall. Anderson is the first woman to serve as the organization’s president.  She is the Director of Community and Government Relations for Southwestern Energy.

Anderson expressed her gratitude to Kevin Ellis, Vice President of Government Relations for Antero Resources, who served as president for three years. “He’s been a leader in shale gas development and has brought out the best in the members of this association,” Anderson said.

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia oil and natural gas organizations, as well as those from across the region and nation, are coming together during the month of October to celebrate National Energy Awareness Month and highlight the thousands of products made from refined or processed crude oil and natural gas. As part of that awareness effort, the groups are issuing an “American Energy Challenge” to encourage West Virginians to try and plan a day without the modern benefits of petroleum-based products.

It has been our pleasure to serve the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past nearly four years, collectively.  During our respective tenure, each of us has worked diligently to represent the organization with professionalism and to keep the organization effective in its mission during a frequently evolving landscape.

Charleston, W.Va. (September 26, 2016) – West Virginia’s natural gas industry is providing significant financial and in-kind support to a variety of educational and youth-focused initiatives in the areas of STEM programming, workforce development, youth athletics, teacher training and general student needs.

“With school in full swing across the Mountain State, West Virginia’s natural gas industry is committed to improving and enhancing educational opportunities for state children,” said Steve Perdue, Interim Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).

Perdue said programming focused on educating students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is a priority for many WVONGA members. Recent initiatives include: 

  • Chevron and Southwestern Energy’s support of the STEM Network Schools program through the Education Alliance. 
  • Chevron’s support of the Oglebay Institute effort to align science curriculum in grades 1-8 in Marshall County and professional development training for teachers at Sherrard Middle School. 
  • EQT’s support of the Clay Center’s Power Your Future mobile STEM exhibit.
  • XTO Energy’s Mickelson ExxonMobil Teacher’s Academy support for professional development for Union Elementary School teacher in Upshur County. 
  • Antero, MarkWest Energy, XTO Energy and EQT’s support for the Challenge Program in Doddridge, Marion, and Harrison Counties. 
  • Dominion’s K-12 and Higher Education Partnership grants will engage students in a variety of energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs.

WVONGA members are involved in myriad ways with schools in their operating region. 

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