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WVONGA’s Spring Meeting has been cancelled due to the CDC’s interim guidelines regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Senate voted Thursday evening to confirm two of President Trump's nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), paving the way for the commission to have its first quorum in six months.

Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson were confirmed by unanimous consent and are slated to join the five-member board, which has seen its action paused since February following a pair of retirements.

Charleston, WV – According to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers report released on Aug. 1, West Virginia’s natural gas and oil industry supported 70,900 jobs (direct and indirect) and added $8 billion to the state economy in 2015, the most recent year for which a consistent set of national and state-level data by industry are currently available.

Additionally, the report found that West Virginia ranks 8th nationally in terms of the number of workers supported by the industry as a percentage of all employment. 

Charleston, WV – Natural gas production continued its upward trend in 2016, with a slight increase of more than 32 Bcf or approximately 2.5 percent over 2015 production levels, according to data from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Natural gas production for calendar year 2016 rose to 1,347,619,374 Mcf compared to 2015 production of 1,315,247,819 Mcf.

“The continued growth in production, despite a challenging price environment, is a credit to our hardworking women and men, and to evolving technology, which is a hallmark of this industry,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA). “This growth is benefitting all West Virginians by creating jobs and a stable tax base.  However, while it’s good to see growth, West Virginia’s production increases are outpaced by production in Ohio and Pennsylvania,” Blankenship said.  “Those states have modernized mineral development laws to allow for longer laterals and more production.”

Blankenship said Doddridge County (334,486,963 Mcf) was by far the largest natural gas producing county in 2016, followed by Wetzel County, which generated 208,657,073 Mcf.

Clarksburg Exponent
by Victoria L. Cann STAFF WRITER  Jul 16, 2017

CLARKSBURG — Oil and gas officials continue to be optimistic about the industry’s future in West Virginia.

Scott Freshwater, president of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, said although the price of natural gas in the Appalachian basin is discounted right now because there’s such an oversupply, there are factors that could boost the price.

There’s a lively debate going on in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle that involves a proposed pipeline to bring much-needed natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel, to the energy-hungry region.

Business organizations — representing those who actually employ people, pay them and generate revenue — are strongly in favor of Mountaineer Gas Co. building the pipeline extension from just north of the Potomac River at the West Virginia-Maryland border into Jefferson County.

Morgantown, W.Va. (July 7, 2017) – Highlighting the tremendous potential for creating more than 100,000 jobs in the region, the board of directors of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) presented a resolution of support for the establishment, construction and operation of the Appalachian ethane storage hub to U.S. Senator’s Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito at an event with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Morgantown today.

“The opportunities presented by the development of the Appalachian ethane storage hub can transform economies throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York”, said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA.  “Our members, the producers and processors of natural gas and its by-products, recognize that the creation of the storage hub will generate unprecedented growth in our chemical and manufacturing sectors; leading to an economic revival not seen in the region in decades”.

Blankenship offered praise for Senators Manchin and Capito for their efforts to advocate for federal legislation for studying the projects feasibility, permitting the project in an expedited fashion and for identifying funding mechanisms to bring the project to life.

Antero Resources‘ Clearwater Facility, located off Sunnyside Road in Doddridge County, will be the first of its kind in the United States and possibly the world.

The $275 million facility, which will clean fracking water so it can be reused, is set for completion sometime this fall, said Al Schopp, Antero’s chief administrative officer and regional senior vice president.

“The primary reason for this (project) is the long-term environmental impact of recycling the water,” Schopp said. “We’ll be able to reduce more truck miles and eliminate the use of saltwater disposal wells throughout the state.”