West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin touted the economic benefits of extracting natural gas in the state at a recent Chamber of Commerce Business Summit. He said the resources should stay within the state to create jobs and not be piped elsewhere. He believes the ethane and other natural gas liquids offer low-cost energy production and have the ability to "reinvigorate" West Virginia's manufacturing industry, The Associated Press reported.
"There are companies willing to create these jobs here and we believe we have a right to expect a partnership between those companies which are developing the Marcellus and Utica resources and those companies who can use those resources to manufacture value-added products here in West Virginia," Tomblin said.
He added that state officials are working to develop the infrastructure necessary to sustain a thriving industry, and "billions of dollars" of investments are expected to come, the article stated.
The governor also announced that he will bring an ethane cracker plant to the state.
"We are working every day to make that happen, and I am convinced it will happen," Tomblin said.