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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
A small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas. That is how Free Dictionary defines banana republic. West Virginia doesn’t have any bananas, but we come close to that definition.
For decades we exported coal and timber, but we also had a booming chemical industry and a glass industry. With coal on the decline, our glass and steel industry almost gone and many of our chemical plants closed, natural gas may be our next big export item. But do we want natural gas to become West Virginia’s bananas?
Charleston, W.Va. – Nearly 1,000 West Virginia oil and gas workers and advocates gathered on the state Capitol steps Tuesday morning to rally in support of the tens of thousands of hard-working men and women who contribute to the state’s oil and gas economy.
By Rusty Marks
Several hundred oil and gas industry executives, workers and supporters met in Charleston on Tuesday, March 21, for a rally on the steps of the state Capitol.
“The work that you do should be celebrated,” said Maribeth Anderson, president of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association. Anderson said the myth that most of the people who work in the state’s oil and gas industry don’t live in the state is just not true, and members in the crowd shouted out their home counties to prove it.
Both state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, addressed the crowd, telling those in attendance the Legislature was doing what it could to help the industry.
“You’re benefiting the people of the world,” Carmichael said. “We need to do more to help you do your job (in employing West Virginians and helping the state economy). We stand with you to make the changes in the policy and the law to help the industry.”
It’s no secret what condition the state of West Virginia is in. State government faces a shortfall of nearly $500 million for next fiscal year.
West Virginia is the only state in the union that has a smaller population now than it did in 1950, while the number of residents continues to drop.
The unemployment rate for January 2017 was fifth highest in the United States.
The workforce participation rate — that is the number of working-age adults who are working or looking for work — is the lowest in the United States.