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Several Southern West Virginia counties to receive $8 million from oil and natural gas property taxes

Andrea Lannom | The Register-Herald | December 12, 2017

County governments in seven southern West Virginia counties will receive more than $8 million from property taxes on oil and natural gas production. 

Taxes will provide county governments with more than $96 million for local school systems and community services, according to a Monday news release from the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. WVONGA serves the entire oil and natural gas industry, including organizations involved in construction, environmental services, drilling, transporting, distribution and processing. 


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Letter: WV on cusp of major development with natural gas pipeline projects

Charleston Gazette Mail | December 12, 2017

West Virginia sits on the cusp of one of the greatest periods of infrastructure development since, potentially, the creation of the interstate highway system.

This development will provide tens of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in investment, generations’ worth of tax receipts for state and county governments, and set the foundation for maximizing the state’s oil and gas resources for the benefit of all West Virginians.

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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

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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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