Leaders of the natural oil and gas industry from across West Virginia are meeting this week at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling
The purpose of the conference is for industry leaders to talk about important issues facing the future of natural gas and oil. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environment Protection, Randy Huff, spoke to attendees to help bring some clarity about legislation currently in place and how it will affect future developments in the industry.
The event has been going on for nearly a century and it allows industry leaders to talk about key issues facing future progress in the Utica industries.One of the issues that has been topic of conversation is Senate Bill 373, which many find to be too vague. The bill was put into place within the last week and is geared toward protecting West Virginia’s water resources. Many said they find the legislation hard to interpret.
Tomblin says after a multi-billion dollar cracker plant is built and running in West Virginia, downstream jobs in areas like chemicals and plastics will be needed in conjunctions with maintenance workers to keep up with the daily operations of the cracker plant.
Tomblin added that he believes the natural oil and gas industry will have lasting positive impacts on the economy for many years to come.