CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the individuals who will make up the State’s new Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force, which will evaluate whether the State can cost-effectively transition its fleet to run on natural gas. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 12.

The members of the task force include the following individuals:

Ex-Officio Members:

General Counsel, Office of the Governor; Peter Markham
Director of Public Policy, Office of the Governor; Hallie Mason (Chair)
Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce; Keith Burdette
Secretary, West Virginia Department of Revenue; Charles Lorensen
Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation; Paul Mattox
Executive Director, West Virginia Office of Fleet Management; Clay Chandler
Executive Director of Transportation, West Virginia Department of Education; Ben Shew

Appointed Members:

Mr. Philip A. Reale, Charleston, W.Va., Law Offices of Philip A. Reale, PLLC, representing IOGA
Mr. Chuck Davidson, Houston, Texas, CEO, Nobel Energy
Mr. W. Henry Harmon, Hurricane, W.Va., CEO, Triana Energy
Mr. Rick Blankenship, Denver, Colo., Director of Health and Safety, Antero Resources
Mr. John Young, Charleston, W.Va., Manager of Marketing and Transportation, Northeast Natural Energy
Mr. Scott Rotruck, Morgantown, W.Va., VP of Corporate Development, Chesapeake Energy
Mr. Robert C. Orndorff Jr., Clarksburg, W.Va., Government Relations, Dominion Resources
Mr. Jim Scheel, Tulsa, Okla., VP of Corporate Affairs, Williams
Mr. Steve Winberg , South Park, PA, VP of Research and Development, CONSOL
Mr. Michael R. Graney, Belle, W.Va., President, OneStop
Mr. Greg Darby, Beckley, W.Va. President, Little General Stores
Mr. Frank M. Semple, Denver, Colo., Chairman/President/CEO, MarkWest Energy Partners
Mr. Paul Gaughan, Gassaway, W.Va., President, GoMart, Inc.
Mr. David Ross, Pittsburgh, Pa., Director of Technical Marketing and Business Development, EQT
Mr. Francis "Frank" McCullough, Charleston, W.Va., Retired, Natural Gas Industry
Mr. Jim Hunt, Clarksburg, W.Va., Current Board Member and Past President, National League of Cities
Mr. Ryan White, South Charleston, W.Va., White Law Offices, PLLC