WV’s GDP Soars Thanks to Marcellus/Utica Wells & Pipelines

Last year West Virginia’s gross domestic product–the total value of all goods and services produced in the state–increased by 5.1%. Only two other states–Texas and North Dakota–had bigger increases in GDP. What was the reason for the growth? Was it tourism? Nope. The solar and wind industry? Nope. Timber harvesting? Nope. Surely because of coal–WV is a big coal state? Nope. Coal is in decline in the state. You may have guessed by now the reason for WV’s hot GDP growth rate is the Marcellus/Utica industry. With the expansion of drilling, the buildout of “massive” processing plants and yes–the addition of major new pipelines–the state is on a tear economically. So what? Higher GDP equals more investment, more jobs, more prosperity for everyone in the Mountain State…

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