Monday, July 30, 2012

Lewis Glasser Adds Two New MembersTo Meet Needs From ‘Unprecedented’ Business Growth

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC (LGCR) has named two new members to the law firm’s management team.  The new members are Ramonda C. Lyons and James C. Stebbins.  “As our law firm continues to grow and expand, we recognized the importance of adding Ramonda and Jamie to our management structure,” said Nick Casey, LGCR’s managing member.  “Both have outstanding legal and leadership skills, and they will help meet our growing client base as LGCR continues to experience unprecedented new business opportunities, particularly in the natural gas industry.”  Casey also noted that Lewis Glasser recently opened an office in Morgantown, W.Va. to meet the needs of clients in the northern region of the state and in Ohio.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Charleston To Be Location For 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by West Virginia Natural Gas and Oil Association (WVONGA), today announced that Charleston will host the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference at the Charleston Civic Center, May 13-15, 2013.  Click to read more.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Governor Tomblin Names State's Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the members of the Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. The Task Force will assess the feasibility of transitioning the state's vehicle fleet to natural gas as a fuel source and developing a supporting infrastructure. The first meeting of the Task Force will take place July 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the House Government Organization Committee Room, Room 215E State Capitol.

"I look forward to joining the members of the Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force at their first meeting on July 12," said Gov. Tomblin. "The members' knowledge and skill in producing, transporting and retailing of natural gas will help us to determine whether we can use our state's abundance of natural gas to fuel our state's transportation needs."

The Task Force, comprised of the following individuals, will report the status of their efforts to the Office of the Governor. The Task Force members are:

Ex-Officio Members:

  • General Counsel, Office of the Governor; Peter Markham

  • Director of Public Policy, Office of the Governor; Hallie Mason (Chair)

  • Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce; Keith Burdette

  • Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation; Paul Mattox

  • Executive Director, West Virginia Office of Fleet Management; Clay Chandler

  • Executive Director of Transportation, West Virginia Department of Education; Ben Shew
Appointed Members:

  • Mr. Philip A. Reale, Charleston, W.Va., Law Offices of Philip A. Reale, PLLC, representing IOGA

  • Mr. Chuck Davidson, Houston, Texas, CEO, Nobel Energy

  • Mr. W. Henry Harmon, Hurricane, W.Va., CEO, Triana Energy

  • Mr. Rick Blankenship, Denver, Colo., Director of Health and Safety, Antero Resources

  • Mr. John Young, Charleston, W.Va., Manager of Marketing and Transportation, Northeast Natural Energy

  • Mr. Scott Rotruck, Morgantown, W.Va., VP of Corporate Development, Chesapeake Energy

  • Mr. Robert C. Orndorff Jr., Clarksburg, W.Va., Government Relations, Dominion Resources

  • Mr. Jim Scheel, Tulsa, Okla., VP of Corporate Affairs, Williams

  • Mr. Steve Winberg, South Park, PA, VP of Research and Development, CONSOL

  • Mr. Michael R. Graney, Belle, W.Va., President, OneStop

  • Mr. Greg Darby, Beckley, W.Va. President, Little General Stores

  • Mr. Frank M. Semple, Denver, Colo., Chairman/President/CEO, MarkWest Energy Partners

  • Mr. Paul Gaughan, Gassaway, W.Va., President, GoMart, Inc.

  • Mr. David Ross, Pittsburgh, Pa., Director of Technical Marketing and Business Development, EQT

  • Mr. Francis "Frank" McCullough, Charleston, W.Va., Retired, Natural Gas Industry

West Virginia Drilling Rig Activity Up Slightly

Provided is an article in the July 10 edition of The State Journal:

The number of drilling rigs operating in West Virginia rose to 27 for the week of July 6, the highest level since March. After hovering at 28 and 29 rigs from October 2011 through March this year, the number of drilling rigs active in West Virginia dropped to 22 in April and as low as 21 in May, according to weekly data from Baker Hughes.

April was the low point in a plunge natural gas prices have taken from a June 2008 high of $12.89 per million British thermal units, with the Henry Hub spot price dropping below $2 per million Btus, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices have slowly rebounded to the middle $2 range and, with them, rig counts in West Virginia.

Nationally, the numbers of rigs devoted to natural gas drilling are falling, according to Baker Hughes data, from 588 at the beginning of June to 534 at the end of the month.

As companies have moved from "drier" to "wetter" parts of the Marcellus shale to capitalize on a premium for natural gas liquids, West Virginia has benefited. It may not last; Forbes speculated last week that natural gas liquids may be the next fossil fuel glut.