New Head of WVONGA Pushes for Forced Pooling Law

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Anne Blankenship

In November the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) hired Anne C. Blankenship, an attorney with Babst Calland, to serve as executive director (see WVONGA Hires Babst Calland Attorney as Executive Director). As we noted at the time, she has some big shoes to fill following the sudden death of WVONGA’s former director Corky DeMarco (see WVONGA Executive Director Corky DeMarco Dead at 68). Anne becomes the standard-bearer for shale drilling in the Mountain State. She’s not wasting any time. The Charleston Gazette-Mail published an editorial by Anne today, a column in which she introduces herself and lays out her priorities for the coming year. One of those priorities is to push for a forced pooling law. She’s also pushing hard for new pipelines to get built…

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