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If the region that encompasses northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania — all connected by a long and crooked crescent of the Ohio River — were its own country, that nation would be the third-largest natural gas producer in the world.

But don’t worry. There are no secessionists trying to form an insurrection and create a nation out of the resource-rich region. But there is a group of committed businessmen and women who have teamed together to promote the region for industrial and economic development.

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CLARKSBURG — Officials in the oil and gas industry are applauding President Donald Trump’s intention to nominate two candidates to fill vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs a quorum in order to approve any pending or future projects,” said Frank Mack, communications project manager for Dominion Energy. “So we welcome any news that would get us to that point.”

There is a destructive movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

“Stop digging. No exploration for new fossil fuels, no expansion of fossil fuel projects. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground,” members of the anti-fossil fuel movement say.

Two prime examples of the success of this movement were the blockage of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines.

Charleston, W.Va. (May 12, 2017) – Featuring an impressive lineup of industry experts and education, the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) will hold its Spring Meeting May 15 – 17 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, representatives announced.

Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA, said, “The oil and natural gas industry is an economic driver in this state and has the potential to grow even more significantly over the coming years and decades.  The Spring Meeting is an opportunity for our members to come together to learn about what’s happening in the industry both in West Virginia and nationally.”

Blankenship said the conference offers more than twenty expert presenters covering topics ranging from production and mid-stream development to legislative dynamics and pipeline regulation, among other items.   

Presenters participating in this year’s conference include:

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