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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


July 12, 2017
Press Release
Rejecting any plans to close or consolidate program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped ensure that Morgantown’s National Energy Technology Laboratory will stay open.

Rep. Jenkins wrote a provision, included in the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which rejects any restructuring or closings of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. The House Appropriations Committee voted today to pass the bill, including the NETL provision.

“West Virginia has abundant coal and natural gas reserves that we can and should use to create jobs and provide domestic, reliable energy. The National Energy Technology Laboratory is a major employer in Morgantown and leads the way in researching and developing new technologies. I have been working alongside Rep. David McKinley to ensure this important West Virginia program is protected, and I thank the committee for their support of West Virginia energy,” Rep. Jenkins said.

The NETL researches new technologies to use coal, natural gas and oil to promote a secure, affordable domestic energy strategy.