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Biz Groups Say Labor, PLAs are Vital to Shale Gas Success in West Virginia

Shale construction work at Morgantown Industrial Park in West Virginia (MountaineerNewsService.com)

Shale construction work at Morgantown Industrial Park in West Virginia (MountaineerNewsService.com)


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While speaking at the annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce meeting, natural gas executives praised labor unions as a vital partner in maximizing the positive impact of Marcellus Shale gas on the state’s economy.  With global demand expected to rise 65 percent by 2045, Randy Cleveland, President of XTO Energy, compared the state to “someone who visits Antique Roadshow not realizing that what they believed were trinkets were actually jade figurines worth millions.”  Cleveland told the crowd:

“Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you find yourself sitting on a treasure.  West Virginia is sitting on a treasure with generational implications.”

Also speaking at the event was David Peebles, a VP for Odebrecht, the Brazilian company that will build the ASCENT Cracker plant in Wood County.  He spoke about how a partnership with labor — specifically the implementation of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) — is in the best interest of both his company and the state’s workers.

“We cannot think of labor as a commodity, we cannot think of labor as people that we’re going to use up and spit out,” he said.

Peebles promised to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to minimize the effect on the region’s habitat.  He cited personal experience with the EPA as an example of his dedication to this effort:

“We don’t want to avoid regulations, we don’t want to bash the EPA, we don’t want to bash the Corps of Engineers, we want to have a cooperative relationship, because no one wants to breathe bad air, no one wants to drink contaminated water,” Peebles said. “We have to be out front with progressive policies that allow that to happen.”

The ASCENT Cracker plant is expected to be a valuable regional hub for the plastics industry.

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