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Congressman excited by oil and gas developments

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Steubenville, August 29, 2017 | comments
“You can't go anywhere in the world today and talk about energy, that you don't see a map of eastern and southeastern Ohio on the wall,” Johnson said. “This is the epicenter of American energy production, right here.”
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By Anthony Conn
Published on August 29, 2017

Congressman Bill Johnson visited St. Clairsville to talk to the county oil and gas association.

In the wake of local economic progress, the Ohio Valley Ohio and Gas Association hosted Congressman Bill Johnson for the evening. Johnson has been making trips through his district to talk with locals about what his going on at the national level. He's proud to say that his district has been catching the national and even international eye.

“You can't go anywhere in the world today and talk about energy, that you don't see a map of eastern and southeastern Ohio on the wall,” Johnson said. “This is the epicenter of American energy production, right here.”

Johnson was the keynote speaker at this month's Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Association. There he shared his excitement for Belmont County and the surrounding area, with the potential of the PTT ethane cracker plant coming to the area.

He also shared positive news of what is happening in Washington, boasting the amount of jobs created this year, especially in the energy field.

“It was great,” said A.J. Smith, OVOGA president. “We had a full house to hear Congressman Johnson speak. He had a good message for everybody. I think his outlook on our area related to economic growth is all positive.”

Johnson did not make any guarantees of future development, such as the cracker plant, but he is very optimistic that the deal will go through. He said he's pleased with what members of the oil and gas association are doing during these exciting times.

“Things that are going to get our economy going again,” he said. “Folks here are excited about those things."

In the coming days, Johnson plans to take trips to the Steubenville and Youngstown.

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