I was at a birthday party for a relative a few weeks ago. The family lives near Pittsburgh in the heart of Marcellus Shale country. A friend of the family, who also owns the company, was complaining that people have no idea where things come from. He told of a discussion he had with a [...]
A key project consistently linked to West Virginia's China Energy deal is being pitched as the backbone of a petrochemical - and economic - revival in the Mountain State. West Virginia's congressional delegation is partnering with industry groups pushing for what could be an epicenter for the underground storage of natural gas liquids and chemical [...]
Officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are all vying for a piece of the petrochemical pie, served up hot and fresh from the region's boom in natural gas production. Although the three states compete with each other for investments like the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub, an agreement between them aims to promote the [...]
While economic development officials across the region hope to take advantage of abundant supplies of natural gas and hydrocarbon, our nation and world must also look to a future where we minimize their use. Climate change is the result of burning fossil fuels and is the opposite of the old BASF slogan, which claimed: “We [...]
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Chairmen of the Legislature’s two Finance Committees said increasing severance taxes on natural gas would be the wrong way to properly fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency because that revenue stream is far too volatile to fund such a vital program. House Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, and Senate Finance Committee [...]
The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) hosted its inaugural Science Teacher Education Workshop June 19 and 20, which was attended by more than 40 science teachers from across the state, as shown below. The goal of the workshop, held at the Embassy Suites, was to help foster STEM and energy education [...]
Committee Substitute for HB-4268 The Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act Passes! IOGAWV is pleased to announce to its members that HB-4268, the Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act passed the full House of Delegates today! On February 15, Committee Substitute for House Bill 4268 passed the House of Delegates with two non-threatening amendments and [...]
In West Virginia, a single mineral tract could have hundreds of separate owners, or cotenants. Current state statutes prevent development of a mineral tract unless ALL owners (100%) of the property agree to the proposed development; any one owner, no matter how small an interest it has, can prevent a well from being drilled. IOGAWV [...]
IOGAWV Executive Director Charlie Burd has been appointed to a three-year term on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Steering Committee through November 2020. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is Chairman of the IOGCC, made the announcement. Congratulations, Charlie!
Brett Loflin (at podium) spoke about legislative matters during the Producers Issues Committee meeting in Morgantown as part of Sports Weekend. He is IOGAWV's Vice President and chair of the Program and Government Affairs Committees. The meeting focused on issues of importance to all West Virginia producers including legislative and environmental issues.