The governors of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia recently signed an agreement to renew the Trip-State Shale Coalition for another three years, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The state’s respective leaders, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Govs. John Kasich and Jim Justice, are hoping to generate a level of investment that would transform the Appalachian Basin into a global energy hub on par with Texas and Louisiana.

The three states sit atop the Marcellus and Utica shales, formations of porous rock stretching from West Virginia to Canada that hold huge deposits of oil and natural gas.




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