Natalie Tennant on Energy & Oil



All-of-the-above energy approach, with priority on coal

Tennant stated that her priority when filling the Senate seat will be addressing the state's struggling economy, and she believes that renewing the state's relationship with the coal industry will prove vital to that effort. "I will stand up to anyone that tries to chip away at the basis of our economy. Coal is at that basis."

Tennant said that she envisions West Virginia employing an "all-of-the-above energy source" in the future. "The vision I have for West Virginia is an economy that is built on many different job opportunities, whether it's coal, natural gas (or) water. We're not going to replace coal; it is too important. But that doesn't mean we can't have an all-of-the-above approach."

She sees the technology and manufacturing industries as potential economic winners, and she feels they could play a dual role by serving to facilitate coal's continuing role in the future. "We have to advance coal so it continues to be a strong part of our future."

Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2014 West Virginia Senate race , Mar 2, 2014

Coal will play vital role in West Virginia's bright future

Natalie Tennant met with EPA officials in Washington and urged better communication between that agency, the coal industry, and West Virginia citizens. Secretary Tennant said, "People are concerned about the future of coal, and they don't know what the EPA has planned. I felt it was necessary to convey these questions and make it clear just how uncertain West Virginians are about the future of the coal industry. What I want to see is better communication toward resolving a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of mistrust. Given the lack of communication and outreach from the EPA, it is hardly surprising that people in West Virginia have assumed the worst about the EPA.

"I believe West Virginia has a very bright future and coal will play a vital role in that. Unfortunately, the EPA under President Obama has been too secretive. The agency's leadership made little attempt to communicate with our citizens--especially those being adversely affected by its decisions."

Source: W.V. Secretary of State website , Aug 1, 2013

Responsible development of Marcellus shale

Q: Marcellus shale regulation will remain a major topic of interest. What are the key issues you see?

A: One, I'm frustrated, as are many West Virginians, that it was addressed but not a solution found in the legislative session. I'm disappointed [because] folks talk about it being a game changer and a gold mine underneath West Virginia. What we need to be able to do is have responsible development. And what I mean by responsible development, if there's more regulations that need to be in play in terms of serving the communities and making sure the communities are strong in which you're having the drilling, that the environment is addressed, the water is kept safe and the roads are in good shape as they were when the drilling started. The other aspect comes with the Innovation 20/20 fund--to see some of that money from the severance tax be used for technology and math education to building up our communities in which they were drilled and for really diversifying our economy.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles , Apr 25, 2011

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