Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Enter into a Regional Cooperation Agreement Addressing Shale Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin

On October 13, 2015, the states of Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania signed a Tri-State Regional Cooperation Agreement (RCA) to promote economic growth and improve shale gas opportunities in the Appalachian Basin.

In the RCA, the three states agreed to encourage common marketing and promotion activities in order to create investments beneficial to the Tri-State region. The RCA also emphasizes the need for a regional workforce development system that will serve as a connection between experienced workers and interstate employers. The three states also acknowledged the importance of creating new infrastructure investment to support the natural gas delivery system while enhancing natural resource protection. Finally, the RCA cites the significant collaborative research opportunities to “identify broader and environmentally-appropriate end uses of natural gas and natural gas liquids.”

The purpose of this RCA is to develop a Cooperative Action Plan to fulfill the objectives outlined above. As stated in the RCA, “[the] Agreement is only intended to provide for cooperation among the Participants and does not create any legally binding rights or obligations.” 

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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