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We thank Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, who worked to help ensure a vote would be taken to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before the U.S. Senate adjourned for the August recess.

For states like West Virginia, the vote to confirm the FERC nominees and restore a quorum at the agency was a critical action necessary for the completion of more than a dozen pending energy infrastructure projects across the nation, including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia.

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It’s no secret that the Marcellus and Utica Shale gas fields that lie under Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia have the potential to be an economic game-changer in terms of a source of cheap, clean energy and a catalyst for the rebirth of America’s manufacturing base.

Certainly with five planned interstate pipelines crossing our state in order to get the gas to market — Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as off-shoring facilities in Maryland — we have a vested interest in the development of this natural resource.

With coal having a somewhat limited long-term future as a base load for power generation and natural gas having surpassed coal as the largest source of electricity in the nation last year, the future is indeed bright.

However, if we are not careful, West Virginia could miss out on the opportunities to maximize the full economic impact that a 100-year supply of natural gas provides.

Unfortunately, West Virginia has already lost out to both Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio on landing the much-desired cracker facilities that break out the ethylene that serves as the base stock for the plastics, chemical and various manufacturing industries.

Charleston, W.Va. (August 17, 2017) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) applauds West Virginia’s legislative leaders, Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead, for their foresight in elevating natural gas issues through the formation of the new interim Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development.  .  

“President Carmichael and Speaker Armstead have demonstrated they understand the important role natural gas development has and will continue to play in West Virginia’s economy,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA. 

Clarksburg Exponent
by Leah Nestor Staff Writer

CLARKSBURG — Companies in the oil and natural gas industry sprang into action after areas of West Virginia experienced devastating flooding July 29.

“West Virginians support one another in tough times,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, in a press release.

Some of the companies that helped in recovery efforts were MarkWest, Antero Resources, Southwestern Energy and Dominion, donating thousands of cases of water and tens of thousands of dollars to the Red Cross.

Dominion Hope and parent company Dominion Energy helped relief efforts in Rachel and Mannington in Marion County, as well as in Wallace in Harrison County.

Christine Mitchell, Dominion external affairs representative, said the company sent truckloads of supplies to Marion County when it looked as though residents in Rachel needed more help, and Dominion sent truckloads of supplies, work crews and equipment to the outlying areas.

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