HOUSTON – Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is pleased to welcome the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) as its newest affiliate member.

Chartered in 1915, WVONGA is one of the oldest trade organizations in the state, and is the only association that serves the entire oil and gas industry. The activities of its members include construction, environmental services, drilling, completion, gathering, transporting, distribution and processing.

“Joining Consumer Energy Alliance and educating the public about the unique opportunities in unconventional production is a natural for the Association, and we look forward joining forces with like organizations that are committed to taking advantage of our abundant resources,” said WVONGA Executive Director Corky Demarco. “Our message should resound in every household and business: We are energy independent and we are the foundation for the rebirth of manufacturing in the United States.”

WVONGA members operate in almost every county in West Virginia and employ thousands of people across the state, with payrolls totaling more than one billion dollars annually. Its members have a cumulative investment of tens of billions dollars in West Virginia in new development, account for 80% of the production and 90% of the permits, operate more than 20,000 miles of pipeline across the state and provide oil and natural gas to more than 320,000 West Virginia homes and businesses.

“CEA is pleased to welcome WVONGA as our newest partner in West Virginia,” said Chris Ventura, Executive Director of CEA–Midwest. “We look forward to working with Corky and WVONGA’s membership to engage consumers on the importance of continuing the responsible development of American natural resources to ensure energy security and job growth.”

For more information on West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, visit their website.

For more information on Consumer Energy Alliance, please visit ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org or contact Amelie Fredland at (713) 337-8833, afredland@consmerenergyalliance.org.