Charleston, W.Va. (November 14, 2016) – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) has hired Anne C. Blankenship to serve as the organizations’ executive director, representatives announced today.
Blankenship, an attorney in the Environmental Services and Energy & Natural Resources practice groups of Babst Calland in Charleston, brings nearly fifteen years of energy and environmental experience to the position.
“WVONGA is thrilled to announce the hiring of Anne Blankenship as the organization’s new executive director,” said Maribeth Anderson, President of the WVONGA board of directors and Director of Community & Government Relations for Southwestern Energy. “Anne has a deep background in law and environmental regulations, and is a skilled communicator. She’s built a career in West Virginia and understands the landscape, and she has worked with companies investing in the shale revolution in the state. She is focused on making sure our industry reaches its potential in raising the economic tide for all of West Virginia.”
“I’m excited to represent West Virginia’s oil and natural gas workers, the companies they represent and the promise this industry holds for growing jobs and economic development in the state,” Blankenship said.
“The shale revolution is positively transforming the areas where gas development is occurring as well as benefitting the entire state through job opportunities, taxes and economic impact. I look forward to building on this momentum by helping facilitate the responsible growth of the industry.”
As an attorney with Babst Calland, Blankenship’s practice focused on environmental issues in the energy sector. She has provided legal counsel to major industry trade associations and energy companies on environmental issues, as well as represented their interests before the West Virginia Legislature, state agencies and regulatory bodies.
Blankenship graduated from Marshall University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1997 and an M.S. in Biological Sciences in 2005. She attended Capital University, where she received her J.D. in 2002. While in law school, Ms. Blankenship was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.
Blankenship was hired following an extensive search process conducted by the WVONGA board of directors. She will begin with the organization on November 28. She succeeds Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco.