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CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A veteran of the natural gas industry has been tabbed to head up the organization which represents the industry for the time being.  The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association recently named Steve Perdue as the interim Executive Director following the untimely death of longtime director Corky Demarco.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Most of the natural gas utilities doing business in West Virginia have paid less for the product during the past year and that will result in lower rates for their customers heading into the winter, the state Public Service Commission announced Monday.

steveperdueCharleston, W.Va. (August 5, 2016) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) – one of the longest-serving trade associations in the state and representing the entire oil and natural gas industry – has announced the hiring of Stephen G. Perdue as Interim Director.

“Steve is an industry veteran with decades of experience in the oil and gas business in our state and region,” said Kevin Ellis, Chairman of the WVONGA board.  “His understanding of the industry’s issues coupled with his years of management and administrative experience position him perfectly to lead our organization while we conduct an extensive search for a permanent director.”

Charleston Gazette-Mail

I wish I had written this a month ago, before our friend and colleague Corky DeMarco passed away, leaving a big hole not only in the business and political communities in West Virginia, but also in the drive to turn Marcellus and Utica shale opportunities into jobs across the state.

It was about six months ago when Corky, the former executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, gave me a call and in his own unique way — forcefully but still cheerfully — said, “Kevin, I need you to write another op-ed about the downstream benefits of shale gas.”

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