Associated Press Published

West Virginia, Japanese Leaders to Talk Natural Gas Partnership

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities.

A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City.

The release says almost 100 people attended, including representatives of dozens of Japanese companies; the Japanese Chamber of Commerce; the Ambassador of the Consulate General of Japan in New York; representatives from Japanese companies with West Virginia operations; and prospective investors.

The event was hosted by the West Virginia Department of Commerce and the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation.