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West Virginia residents in Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties whose furnaces, septic systems, bridges or wells were damaged by the Feb. 27-March 4, 2021 severe storms and flooding may be eligible for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. People who are denied assistance have the right to appeal.

Survivors of the Feb. 27-March 4, 2021, West Virginia severe storms and flooding in Cabell, Kanawha, Mingo and Wayne counties who apply for federal assistance must be able to prove they lived in the disaster-damaged primary residence before the storms. Once they provide proof, they may be considered for help from FEMA, such as Housing Assistance and some types of Other Needs Assistance, including personal property assistance and moving/storage assistance.

Below is the link to the Disaster homepage where it identifies counties eligible for assistance:  West Virginia Severe Storms And Flooding DR-4605-WV|

This is the link to where individuals can apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance:  Home |

wvedaKris Warner, Executive Director of the WVEDA, is pleased to announce that the West Virginia Economic Development Authority’s CARES Act Award has been granted by the United States Economic Development Administration to help businesses recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Manufacturing, industrial, distribution, service and retail businesses in West Virginia are eligible.

The WVEDA will determine its interest rate on all CARES Act loans, calculated at 75 percent of the stated prime interest rate listed in the Wall Street Journal with a floor of 2 percent. Flexible repayment for the initial one-year period of the loan can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

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Last week, the developer of the Keystone XL pipeline announced it was permanently canceling the project, after the Biden administration pulled its permit as one of their first official acts. This pipeline would have safely delivered oil to meet significant demand from American Gulf Coast refineries. Keystone XL was simply an expansion to a system that has been operating since 2010 and has already safely transported over 2 billion barrels of oil.

Charleston, West Virginia – The Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV) – a nearly 600-member trade association of oil and natural gas producers and those businesses that serve them – expressed disappointment in the loss of the Keystone XL Pipeline at a time when the oil and natural gas industry has placed the United States in a position of energy independence. 

“Our industry now faces unrealistic federal government policy revisions, which discourage the use of clean-burning and cost-efficient natural gas,” GO-WV Executive Director Charlie Burd said. “Natural gas not only helps our environment as an energy source – it also benefits consumers with lower utility bills while affording the United States the position of power as the world’s largest energy producer and exporter.”

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