Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin believes the new Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force will change West Virginia.
On Tuesday afternoon, Tomblin signed Executive Order No. 10-12, which officially created the task force. He gathered with oil and gas company representatives, community leaders and legislators during a press conference at the West Virginia Division of Highways District No. 4 headquarters in Bridgeport.
“Today does mark a very important day for our state,” Tomblin said. “We hope to expand demand and support for the natural gas industry as well as create jobs. Today we are poised and ready to assess the feasibility of transitioning our state’s vehicle fleet to run on natural gas.”
Because of great developments in the exploration of the Marcellus shale in West Virginia over the past several years, the state now has an abundant supply of natural gas that could be used to fuel cars and trucks here and across the country, he said. Taking advantage of this resource will help with energy independence and jobs.