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December 11, 2017




Charleston, WV – Property taxes on oil and natural gas production will provide county governments in West Virginia with just over $96 million to fund local school systems and vital community services. The information is based on data from the West Virginia Division of Tax & Revenue.

“All counties in the state receive a portion of severance tax monies from oil and natural gas production.  Additionally, those counties where natural gas and oil production is occurring have received hundreds of millions of dollars in the way of property tax receipts over the past several years,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).  “Although the amount of property taxes may fluctuate year over year due to many factors including commodity prices, West Virginia producing counties continue to receive significant funds generated from the development of our oil and gas resources.

The top five counties generating the largest amount of oil and gas property taxes for 2017 include: 

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Oil and Gas Property Tax Year 2017

By county 2017 oil and gas property taxes for tax year 2017

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Letter: Shale project will boost economic growth for years (Daily Mail)

Last week’s economic development announcement of a potential $84 billion investment is a game changer for West Virginia, Shale Crescent USA and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The memorandum of agreement marks a number of monumental projects that will accelerate economic growth for the Mid-Ohio Valley for many years to come.

It is hard to express how exciting this is. The impact of this investment by China Energy Investment Corporation will have far-reaching implications, including additional investments from a variety of downstream industries.

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WVONGA to Host “Embracing Energy” Conference Nov. 9-10







Anne Blankenship

(304) 343-1609


WVONGA to Host “Embracing Energy” Conference Nov. 9-10


Charleston, WV (November 1, 2017) – Encouraging and mentoring women in the oil and natural gas industry is the goal of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association’s (WVONGA) 4th Annual Embracing Energy Conference, to take place in Charleston November 9-10, organization representatives announced. 

This event will bring together women in the oil and gas fields, as well as those interested in working in this industry, for education and networking,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association.

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Thousands of new jobs expected from roads, pipeline projects in W.Va.

Charles Young | The Exponent Telegram | October 22, 2017


CLARKSBURG — With citizens voting to approve Gov. Jim Justice’s “Roads to Prosperity” road bond amendment and federal regulators approving two pipeline projects that will cross through the state, West Virginia will soon be flush with economic opportunities and thousands of new jobs.

According to lawmakers, state officials, representatives of labor organizations and other invested parties, the projects funded by passage of the road bond amendment, as well as construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, will greatly benefit the state and its economy.

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WVONGA Statement Regarding FERC Approval for Atlantic Coast, Supply Header, Mountain Valley Pipeline Projects


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Anne Blankenship

Executive Director

(304) 343-1609


WVONGA Statement Regarding FERC Approval for Atlantic Coast, Supply Header, Mountain Valley Pipeline Projects


Charleston, W.Va. (October 14, 2017) – Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, issued the following statement today following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Supply Header Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline projects:

“WVONGA members greatly appreciate the FERC’s issuance of certificates for the Atlantic Coast, Supply Header and Mountain Valley pipeline projects.  These crucially important projects have been planned and studied exhaustively for several years and will offer transportation for West Virginia-produced natural gas to markets across the southeast. This new infrastructure will allow our state to more fully develop its natural gas resources, leading to more jobs throughout the economy.  

FERC’s approval of these projects signal the start of what may be one of the largest private sector infrastructure investments in West Virginia’s history; providing tens of thousands of jobs and tremendous economic investment for the state.

The construction of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in partnership with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas, is projected to create 17,000 new jobs and $2.7 billion in economic activity across the region. 

Dominion Energy’s Supply Header Project is a 37-mile interstate natural gas pipeline spanning portions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania and represents a half-billion dollar investment.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline – a joint venture between

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Guest editorial (Parkersburg): Slow pipeline reviews cost us jobs and revenue

Parkersburg News and Sentinel  | October 9, 2017 


Reprinted from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

There is more natural gas being produced from the Marcellus and Utica shales than is necessary to meet the demand in the regions to which that gas is easily transported.

It is a problem that has been apparent for some time

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Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center receives $600,000 Antero donation

Exponent Telegram | October 6, 2017 | Darlene Swiger, Staff Writer  

CLARKSBURG — Officials with the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center held a donor appreciation night Friday that included the presentation of a $600,000 check from Antero Resources.

Waldomore was the setting for the event, which wrapped up the silent phase of the capital campaign for the center and kicked off the public portion of fundraising.

Ryan Tolley, executive director of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, said the event was a way to thank the individuals and organizations who supported the project for the past year and contributed nearly $2 million.

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Natural Gas Industry Energizing Education in West Virginia

Press Release | September 2017


Anne Blankenship

(304) 343-1609 

Natural Gas Industry Energizing Education in West Virginia


Charleston, W.Va. (September 18, 2017) – West Virginia’s natural gas industry is heavily engaged in helping students, teachers and schools – both K-12 and higher education – improve learning opportunities and educational outcomes through its support of myriad initiatives across the state, representatives of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) announced. 

“Our members and their employees live and work in communities across West Virginia and we want to do all we can to make sure our students receive the best education possible,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA

Blankenship said the industry is involved in supporting elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities in West Virginia. Additionally, the industry supports a variety of education-related philanthropic organizations offering cutting edge programming focused on broadening learning opportunities in STEM, leadership,and energy curriculums

Blankenship said programming focused on educating students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a priority for many WVONGA members. Recent initiatives include: 

XTO Energy’s support for the WVUTeach Program, which brings together West Virginia University, nonprofit organizations, private foundations, and local schools to address the need for teachers in STEM subject areas.
Chevron’s sponsorship of the West Virginia Maker Network and funding for 10 schools to implement the Project Lead The Way curriculum.
Southwestern Energy’s support of the Oglebay Institute to provide summer camp scholarships and their partnership with the WV Education Alliance on Makerspace at Wheeling Park High School. 
Antero Resources, MarkWest Energy, and XTO Energy’s support for the Challenge Program in north central West Virginia
Dominion Energy’s Environmental Education & Stewardship Grantswhich engage students in a variety of energy and environmental programs.
Antero Resources and Dominion Energy’s support for students attending the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy.
MarkWest Energy’s establishment of a postsecondary STEM scholarship program through the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley for several school districts in West Virginia.

Other examples of natural gas industry support with West Virginia schools and students include:  


Dominion Energy and Antero Resources’ support of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program, which teaches high school sophomores leadership skills.


Chevron and Southwestern Energy’s partnership with Junior Achievement for “Careers in Energy” at Robert Bland Middle School in Lewis County.


Antero Resources support of the Opportunity Councils’ YouthWorks program in Doddridge County.


XTO Energy’s support of the Junior Firefighter Camp for high school students across the state, facilitated by the West Virginia University Extension Fire Service in Jackson’s Mill.


Blankenship said the industry’s educational involvement isn’t limited to K-12.  Other initiatives include: 

Southwestern Energy’s partnership with West VirginiaNorthern Community & Technical College on the welding program at Magnolia High School.


Chevron’s support of ShaleNet at Pierpont Community & Technical College and scholarships to stateresidents to attend training at the school. 


Antero Resources’ sponsorship of the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center at Pierpont Community &Technical College.


Employees and retirees of ExxonMobil, of which XTO Energy is a natural gas subsidiary, provided more than $70,000 in contributions to West Virginia University – an annual giving tradition.


Dominion Energy’s establishment of an endowed scholarship at the West Virginia University School of Petroleum Engineering.

“These are just small snapshots of the involvement our members have with the education community in the state,” Blankenship said.  “The industry is very committed to doing all it can to help West Virginia youth grow and prosper.” 

For additional information, contact Anne Blankenship at (304) 343-1609

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State's Midstream facilities grow to meet gas production increase

Jim Ross | The State Journal | September 4, 2017


The Sherwood natural gas processing and fractionation complex in Doddridge County is the largest on the MPLX system, and it's getting larger. (Courtesy MPLX)


It takes only a few numbers for Doddridge County Assessor David Sponaugle to see what the natural gas industry has done for the tax base there.

In 2010, the total assessed valuation for Doddridge County – land, buildings, minerals, vehicles and all else – was $457,530,911, Sponaugle said. In 2017, it’s $1,386,157,147. That’s more than three times what it was seven years ago.

“Is all that increase from natural gas?

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