7/27/2013 10:13 PM
by Bethany Teague
CHARLESTON - Eighteen members of the West Virginia Legislature are heading north next month to learn about a permanent natural gas severance tax fund.
Senate President Jeff Kessler organized the late August trip to North Dakota, where the lawmakers will spend three days studying how a similar legacy fund could be established in West Virginia to tap into rising natural gas production.
Kessler advocated using these severance taxes to create a permanent fund that could be used for infrastructure improvements, tax relief, or investments. In Kessler's home county of Marshall, Williams Energy has already invested more than $4.5 billion on three facilities.