Officials discuss the future of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - Many gathered early on a Friday morning to learn about the state of the oil and natural gas industry in West Virginia.

Three representatives in the industry spoke to the crowd about where the oil and natural gas is currently and how future growth can economically impact our state. The three explained that over the past 6 to 7 years West Virginia has tripled its ability to extract natural gas from the ground and the new markets that want this gas.

Bob Orndoff, Director Government Affairs for Dominion explains, "What has happened is because the capacity is so great now, there's not any ability to take that capacity to the market. So there's a real need for pipelines to be developed. There's a real need for fracturling plants to be developed."

Orndorff goes on to explain that there is a real market opportunity for West Virginia that the economy could see the benefits from around 2018.