|The natural gas industry and our state are stronger today than they were yesterday. IOGAWV and WVONGA members have overwhelmingly voted to merge into one organization, approving the name: Gas and Oil Association of WV, Inc. (GO-WV).
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.
As our individual member companies are doing with their businesses, GO-WV will create operational efficiencies and savings at a time when commodity prices are depressed.
With the merger approved, a newly formed GO-WV board will work over the next few months to seat a new brand, consolidate offices and identify its agenda for the 2021 Legislative Session. IOGAWV Executive Director Charlie Burd will continue on as GO-WV’s executive director.
This is a historic moment. We celebrate and embrace this new association as we combine the strengths of two influential groups into one dynamic and powerful organization. In 2021, GO-WV will bring renewed vitality as we advance our state’s economy. The merger also provides a unique opportunity for sharing best safety and environmental practices across industry sectors.
The positive economic impact the industry has in this state is unquestioned. This industry employs thousands in West Virginia and is responsible for more than $4 billion in state severance and property tax revenue since 2008.
West Virginia is blessed with enough gas for generations into the future. This region helps provide natural gas to power plants, manufacturing facilities and fertilizer to our farmers. Natural gas also is Earth’s cleanest burning fossil fuel and it provides affordable energy, reduces carbon dioxide emissions and helps to create local manufacturing jobs.
The process has been a long and passionate one. We thank all those who made their voices heard and the folks who spent countless hours working to make this possible. Now it’s time to move forward as one reunited organization and continue building the Mountain State’s future.
Ben Sullivan, President, IOGAWV
Thomas Westfall, President, WVONGA