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CHARLESTON — If natural gas is the wave of the near future for generating electricity, West Virginia is missing the surge, state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said.

Thrasher told members of the state Senate and House of Delegates joint committees on government organization and government operations during legislative interim meetings in Charleston Tuesday that neighboring Ohio has built 19 gas-fired power stations in recent years, and Pennsylvania has built 22. He said West Virginia has built none, and the only gas-fired power plant on the drawing board for the state is tied up in a court battle.




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