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WHEELING — Increases in oil and natural gas production continue providing more property tax revenue for Northern Panhandle counties, with Wetzel County scheduled to collect more than $24 million from the industry during tax year 2016.
Overall, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Executive Director Anne Blankenship said producers such as Southwestern Energy Co., Antero Resources, Chevron, Statoil, Stone Energy, Noble Energy, Consol Energy, and others across the Mountain State are on pace to pay more than $134 million in property taxes for 2016.
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Whether heating your home, fueling your car, providing jobs or creating so many of the items we use daily, oil and natural gas play an integral role in all of our lives. These resources make our world turn, and West Virginia sits at the epicenter of the shale revolution.
It’s for these reasons I applied for the job of executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. And I feel privileged to be selected as leader of the group.
As a transplant to West Virginia at an early age — I graduated from high school in Greenbrier County and from undergraduate and graduate schools at Marshall University — I made the choice to remain in West Virginia and to establish and grow my career here.
As an environmental and regulatory lawyer who has represented the oil and gas industry in private practice for 15 years, I have helped create policy, laws and regulations that affect the industry and have helped clients understand and comply with these laws and regulations for many years.
Charleston, WV – Property taxes on oil and natural gas production in 2016 will provide county governments in West Virginia with just over $134 million to fund local school systems and vital community services, representatives of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association announced recently.
“The rise in natural gas and oil production over the past several years is benefitting West Virginians,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA). “All counties in the state receive gas tax monies and those counties where natural gas and oil production is growing have really seen a windfall. Those funds are going for school improvements and to provide services to residents of the counties and municipalities.”
Charleston, W.Va. (November 14, 2016) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) has hired Anne C. Blankenship to serve as the organizations’ executive director, representatives announced today.
Blankenship, an attorney in the Environmental Services and Energy & Natural Resources practice groups of Babst Calland in Charleston, brings nearly fifteen years of energy and environmental experience to the position.
“WVONGA is thrilled to announce the hiring of Anne Blankenship as the organization’s new executive director,” said Maribeth Anderson, President of the WVONGA board of directors and Director of Community & Government Relations for Southwestern Energy. “Anne has a deep background in law and environmental regulations, and is a skilled communicator. She’s built a career in West Virginia and understands the landscape, and she has worked with companies investing in the shale revolution in the state. She is focused on making sure our industry reaches its potential in raising the economic tide for all of West Virginia.”