IGS Energy CNG Services recently announced plans to build a new compressed natural gas station on Spring Street next to the Foodland grocery store.
It is part of a compressed natural gas corridor the company will construct on I-79 in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The governor, Legislature and stakeholders worked to create legislation that approved tax credits for this type of infrastructure, which will generate investment, jobs and a long-term diversified tax base in the state.
State officials should be commended for their efforts to attract the interest of natural gas companies to our area.
With newly accessible natural gas resources, all West Virginians, as taxpayers and as individuals, should benefit.
Utilizing these reserves would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs here at home.
Economic development is important for the state's future. Kanawha County is leading the way with alternative transportation fuels infrastructure and natural gas vehicles.
To cultivate the next generation of young leaders, attract business and remain competitive, West Virginia should support policies that continue investment and innovation in energy technologies.
Matthew G. Ballard
Ballard is president and chief executive officer of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce.