It's mainly thought to be a man's game, but the energy industry also involves plenty of women working in all phases of the industry.
On Wednesday, an inaugural conference began at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.
The conference is the first of its kind in West Virginia and offered women in the energy industry a chance to talk, network and get to know each other. Most of the participants came from the tri-state area but the speakers were from all across the nation along with some thriving locally in the industry. The women have the chance to learn about the legal side of the industry, the government relations side, and the work out if the field.
The organizers of the conference hope to expand the female workforce as the industry continues to expand too.
"It gives young women who are interested in a career the opportunity to come talk with us," said Kim Lawrence of Energize WV with Natural Gas. "There's so many possibilities for young people to work in the energy industry. So its really a great way to let them know, we are employed in the industry, we are doing lots of different jobs in the industry and we hope to encourage more young people to get involved."
Lawrence said the feedback from the inaugural conference has been great so far and judging by the participation this year she believes the conference will be a real success and continue in the future.
The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Ames Jones, the former Texas Railroad Commissioner.