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WV natural gas group touts emission-reducing efforts

The natural gas industry in West Virginia is touting its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a news release, Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, said, “It is important to West Virginia’s natural gas industry that we be good stewards of not only the precious resource that we produce, but also the environment.”

The group cited efforts by producers including Dominion Energy, ExxonMobil, Southwestern Energy and Antero Resources. Blankenship called those “a few of many examples from companies operating in the state that have made significant commitments to reducing emissions and improving our environment.”

The U.S. Energy Information Administration, in its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook, notes that natural gas used in power generation now provides 26 percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

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