West Virginia Signs Investment Pact With China Energy
Above Photo: A Natural Gas rig operated by Chesapeake is pictured in Bradford County, Pennsylvania just outside the town of Wyalusing on January 13, 2013.
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NOTE: Add to this, the announcement last week that China also signed an agreement with Alaska for the largest gas export terminal in the United States. China plans to invest $250 billion in the United States, turning our communities into sacrifice zones. Every fossil fuel facility built will lock us into decades more of carbon emissions, worsening the climate crisis on top of poisoning our air, land and water. One of our members said it best, “The US is fast becoming a third world colony of China.” We will soon experience what the US has done to other countries around the world. – Margaret Flowers
CHARLESTON, W.VA. —
West Virginia officials announced an agreement on Thursday with China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd. for the company to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia over 20 years.
State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher and China Energy President Ling Wen signed the memorandum in Beijing as part of the U.S.-China trade mission and an overall $250 billion of planned Chinese investments in the U.S. It during President Trump’s visit to Beijing.
West Virginia commerce officials said project planning is already underway and will focus on power generation, chemical manufacturing and underground storage of natural gas liquids and derivatives. The state was chosen for its position as an energy producer and its large underground shale gas reserves.
“West Virginia has actively sought direct foreign investment to strengthen and diversify our economy,” Thrasher said. Toyota, Hino Motors, Gestamp, Sogefi and other corporations with international parent companies have created jobs and generated income in the state, and they expect China Energy to bring mutual benefits, he said.
West Virginia University since 2002 has been jointly researching coal liquefaction with mining company Shenhua Group, which merged with energy company Guodian Group to form China Energy.
The university said it will work closely with state officials to help coordinate the investment,with funding focused on developing the proposed Appalachia storage and trading hub.
In August, the university released a study by researchers from the geological surveys in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio of geologic formations that could be used by developers to build underground facilities to store natural gas liquids from natural gas wells.
Last year, the university and Shenhua signed a partnership agreement to establish West Virginia as the priority area the company’s U.S. investments, natural gas power plant development, shale gas development and upstream and downstream businesses, technologies in clean coal and power and training.
Brian Anderson, director of WVU’s Energy Institute, called Thursday’s memorandum “a game changer for the state.”
The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and other environmental groups oppose the storage hub, saying it would create a major petrochemical region with public health dangers and contribute to global warming.