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WV Sens. Capito, Manchin urge Appalachian natural gas hub

By The Associated Press

West Virginia’s U.S. senators are urging federal officials to consider building a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region.

In a letter Thursday to National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, the senators say the White House should examine “the numerous benefits” of putting a world-class natural gas liquid-storage and distribution hub in the region with growing but still underutilized reserves of underground natural gas.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., cite an American Chemistry Council study that an Appalachian hub could attract $36 billion in new chemical and plastics industry investment and create 100,000 new jobs.

They write that building a hub and related infrastructure “will attract sorely needed economic activity to this underserved part of the country.”

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