State’s history of natural gas liquids focus of WVSU lecture

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Feb. 26, 2013
State’s history of natural gas liquids focus of WVSU lecture
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The history and development of West Virginia’s natural gas liquids (NGL) industry is the subject of a Careers in Science seminar at West Virginia State University (WVSU) Thursday, Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the Hamblin Hall auditorium on campus.

Bob Orndorff, managing director of state and local government affairs for Dominion Resources, will discuss where propane comes from, how ethane was used in the Kanawha Valley during World War II and how soon West Virginia can expect the announcement of a new cracker plant.

NGLs have been manufactured in the state since 1913. With the development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits, which run from New York down through western Pennsylvania and into West Virginia and eastern Ohio, processing plants are springing up across northern parts of the state, which may lead to development of cracker plants elsewhere in the region.

The Careers in Science seminar, part of WVSU’s Faculty Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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