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Industry supporters rally for WV energy
jobs, pro-growth policies at State Capitol
Hundreds of energy industry workers
from across West Virginia rallied in
support of the tens of thousands of
hard-working men and women who
contribute to the state’s oil and gas
economy and for policies to maximize
the benefits the industry provides to the
state during a rally on the State Capitol
steps on February 21. To view a video
recapping the rally, visit www.wvonga.
com.

Industry leaders from both WVONGA
and IOGA highlighted the positive
impact, in terms of jobs, investment
and support, the industry is having on
communities across the state, while
urging the Legislature to pass policies
that would lead to further economic
growth.

“West Virginia’s oil and gas industry
is an economic driver, employing
nearly 20,000 workers directly and
supporting another 50,000 jobs across
our economy,” said Anne Blankenship,
executive director of WVONGA.
“The West Virginia Energy Jobs Rally
showcased the individuals who work in
the industry and highlighted the policies West Virginia Senate President Mitch industry representatives spoke at the rally
needed to maximize the opportunities Carmichael, House Speaker Tim in favor of pro-growth policies that will
for the benefit of all state residents.” Armstead, multiple legislators and lead to a more robust state economy.

giving IN WV funds helped put new winter coats on
children’s backs through Operation
Warm, supported efforts to feed and
add long-lasting fingerprints in the
state by becoming service volunteers.
Contributing over 3,500 hours, these
house the homeless, partnered with volunteers from across WV compound
From Wheeling to Welch and all points Operation Welcome Home to give the value of financial donations by
in between, the Dominion Energy veterans the tools needed to find giving their time and talents. Efforts
Charitable Foundation is investing in employment after returning from war, include packing bagged lunches for
communities across its WV service and sent aid after a 1,000-year flood hit veterans to take on trips for medical
areas. With a focus on human needs, the state. treatment, making over 100 blankets for
environmental stewardship, education local missions and shelters, purchasing
and community vitality, $635,000 was Dominion Energy believes that investing Christmas gifts for 50 impoverished
disbursed to over 100 non-profits in in a community goes beyond a financial children and making repairs to parks
West Virginia in 2017. This past year, gift and encourages all employees to and cemeteries.
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upcoming
EVENTS
 ipeline Safety
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Seminars
April 12, 2018
Charleston, WV –
Columbia Gas Building

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 pril 14, 2018
Bridgeport, WV –
Dominion Resources

The safety discount program is designed to help participants put effective safety and return-to-work programs in
› WVONGA place in order to reduce their costs.
Spring Meeting

BrickStreet now offering
May
 1-2, 2018
Wheeling, WV –
Oglebay Resort

› 2nd Quarter
Networking Event
safety discount program
We are pleased to announce that WVONGA members must do the following:
and IOGA joined together with BrickStreet
 VONGA Fall Meeting
›W Insurance to offer a discount program to l Report claims within 48 hours of any
October 1-3, 2018 our members. This program has been in accident;
Roanoke, WV - place for WVONGA members since 2009.
Stonewall Resort Combining WVONGA and IOGA into one l Achieve and maintain a three-year loss ratio
program will allow us to potentially qualify for of 65 percent or less;
higher discounts and will provide enhanced
› 3rd Quarter opportunities for safety training. l Implement and maintain a formal return-to-
Networking Event work program;
The Association Group Safety Program is
› Shale Insight designed to help participants put effective l Attend at least one safety seminar per
October 24-25, 2018 safety and return-to-work programs in place year that applies to operational hazards,
in order to reduce their costs. Direct benefits or complete one BrickStreet online course
Pittsburgh, PA – David
of the program include individual safety dealing with operational hazards; and,
L. Lawrence Convention
consultations from a BrickStreet safety and
Center
loss control consultant, group safety trainings l Implement and maintain an effective safety
provided at no charge to members who and loss control program.
› Embracing Energy participate in the program and a discount
on your BrickStreet workers’ compensation The more members who participate,
› 4th Quarter premium. Other positive outcomes from the more benefits we receive as a group.
Networking Event participating in the program can include a Increased member participation and successful
reduction in your overall costs related to implementation of the above criteria will help to
workplace injuries by reducing the number increase the amount of the discount each year.
of injuries that occur and by working with
BrickStreet to get injured employees back to If you are interested in participating in this
work as quickly and as safely as possible. program, please contact your insurance agent or
your association staff. BrickStreet policies with
To qualify for the program, WVONGA and effective dates of September 1, 2017, and after
IOGA members must be in good standing may qualify for the program. Let’s work together
with their respective associations. In addition, and make this program a success for all!