Study Projects Up to $2.45 Billion Economic Boost, Nearly 2,000 New Jobs from Policy Change

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA – Modernizing property laws would lead to more natural gas development, unleash a burst of economic activity in the Mountain State, help create thousands of new jobs and increase royalty payments by millions of dollars, according to a new report conducted by economists at West Virginia University.

This modernization would also add to state and local tax revenues if lawmakers choose to pass H.B. 2853 this legislative session.

This year has been a challenging one. The pandemic has affected all of us, and our industry, much like every sector, is adapting. While many more challenges lie ahead, we also see opportunities.

One such opportunity has come to fruition with the Gas & Oil Association of West Virginia (GO- WV), the merger of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) and the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).

For years, I was IOGAWV’s executive director, and I’m proud of its accomplishments – from legislative victories to industry landmarks. At the same time, I watched WVONGA doing wonderful work that amplified an important voice in the Mountain State. Over time, it became clear our missions were the same – to move West Virginia forward and support its economic lifeblood, the natural gas industry.

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA – The Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV) hosted U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, in a meeting with state and regional oil and gas industry leaders via Zoom this week. Sen. Manchin addressed a variety of timely industry topics ranging from efforts to return manufacturing to the U.S., to pipeline projects, to promoting innovation and deployment of technological advancement initiatives to improve the nation’s environment while producing energy.

When asked about preferences for types of energy fuels, Sen. Manchin was clear that for a multitude of reasons, including national security, strong and sustainable economic development, and a clean environment, the U.S. must remain energy independent and for that reason the types of fuels essential to that mission were “all of the above,” including natural gas, coal, oil, renewables, and any newly developed fuels that meet high environmental standards. Sen. Manchin said, “From my position as Chairman of the Energy Committee, I am not about ‘elimination’. I am for ‘innovation’.” He described the need for a national investment in innovation to both preserve and create jobs in a 21st Century economy.

Charleston, W.Va. — Members of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) and West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) have voted to merge into one organization — the Gas and Oil Association of WV (GO-WV).

“The natural gas industry and our state are stronger today than they were yesterday,” IOGAWV Board President Ben Sullivan said. “With the merger of these two great associations, the industry is better positioned now to advocate for public policy that will help grow this vital industry. We also have a singularly focused voice when it comes to publicizing our industry’s positive economic and environmental impact on this state, region and nation.

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