WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Nearly 800 business leaders in the Mountain State converge at The Greenbrier for an annual conference to promote energy, education, and more.
The 75th annual West Virginia Chamber summit has a record-breaking attendance for its three-day conference in Greenbrier County.
The meeting is the largest gathering of leaders in West Virginia, and a big topic of discussion was energy and job creation.
Sen. Joe Manchin was on hand to take questions about how the state is coping with a waning coal industry, and a spokesperson for ExxonMobile discussed the future of energy in the Appalachian region with natural gas at the Marcellus Shale.
“We're going to have a balance in the whole energy thing,” says Manchin, “We can have a renaissance of manufacturing, we can have a transformation of our transportation, fuels, this can all happen within a 5 to 10 year period.”
Randy Cleveland with Exxon says natural gas is key.
“The Marcellus is the single largest U.S. shale formation and by a large margin. It already accounts for roughly 20 percent of our nation's natural gas production and that number continues to climb every day.”
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, and dozens of other political and energy leaders will appear at the summit over the next two days.