Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pipelines Will Boost W.Va. Economy ; Moving W.Va. Gas to Markets in and out of State Will Bring Needed Revenue

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pipelines Will Boost W.Va. Economy ; Moving W.Va. Gas to Markets in and out of State Will Bring Needed Revenue

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Its no secret that West Virginia needs an economic boost.

More jobs, more revenue, and more people are needed for the Mountain State to thrive and reach its full economic potential. On that topic, national economist Ted Abernathy told a gathering of manufacturers in Charleston last month that West Virginia must bring more wealth from outside in.

Yet many are sensitive to state resources serving interests outside of the state instead of helping West Virginians.

But with West Virginias abundance of natural gas and the pipeline projects underway, the state can reap the benefits of both shipping gas to customers outside its borders to fuel the nation (and other nations) while bringing in outside revenue and fueling our own homes and developing our own manufacturing industries while generating wealth from within the state.

West Virginia-based Mountaineer Gas Company recently applied to build 56 miles of natural gas pipeline in the Eastern Panhandle. Little natural gas service exists in that booming area of the state, and a reliable natural gas supply from a Mountaineer pipeline can greatly increase economic development, as well as provide a clean, inexpensive fuel for existing homes.

The [Economic Development Authority] board of directors is absolutely thrilled, EDA Director Betsy Heath told the Morgan Messenger. This is a game-changer for Morgan County.

Heath said not having natural gas service in the area had been a deal-breaker before Mountaineers announcement. She said the EDA will reengage companies who had ruled out Morgan County now that new natural gas service is planned for the area.

And its not just the Eastern Panhandle. West Virginians across the state recognize the benefits the natural gas industry provides. State residents strongly support pipeline development. A recent survey of state residents about their perceptions of the natural gas industry by Energize West Virginia revealed:

Seventy-six percent of West Virginians support pipeline construction to transport natural gas to areas where it is used and sold. …

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