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WVONGA Hires Gas Industry Veteran to Serve as Interim Director


Stephen_G_Perdue.jpgCharleston, W.Va. (August 5, 2016) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) – one of the longest-serving trade associations in the state and representing the entire oil and natural gas industry – has announced the hiring of Stephen G. Perdue as Interim Director.

“Steve is an industry veteran with decades of experience in the oil and gas business in our state and region,” said Kevin Ellis, Chairman of the WVONGA board.  “His understanding of the industry’s issues coupled with his years of management and administrative experience position him perfectly to lead our organization while we conduct an extensive search for a permanent director.”


Ellis said Perdue currently serves on the government affairs team for the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson.  Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Perdue spent many years with EQT Corporation as Government Relations Manager and Regional Land Director.  He also held prior positions in land management with other energy companies in the region.  Perdue has more than two decades experience acquiring rights-of-way, securing permits and land purchase agreements and preparing locations for drilling.  Perdue is a Certified Professional Landman and was appointed by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to serve on the state's Marcellus Development Task Force.


In the role of Interim Director for WVONGA, Perdue will be responsible for managing the association’s daily operations, to include membership development and support, public education and awareness, and legislative/regulatory advocacy. 


The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, chartered in 1915, serves the entire oil and natural gas industry, to include organizations involved in construction, environmental services, drilling, completion, gathering, transporting, distribution and processing.  Members have cumulative investment of nearly ten billion dollars in West Virginia, account for 80% of the state’s oil and natural gas production, operate more than 20,000 miles of pipeline across the state and provide product to more than 300,000 West Virginia homes and businesses. 


For additional information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500.


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