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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. 



The Challenge Program, Inc. contributes to workforce and economic development by connecting business and education to achieve a common objective: the development of a skilled and motivated future workforce.

Antero VP of Government Relations, Kevin Ellis (pictured left) presented each receipient with a check for $200 for their outstanding academic work.

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