Oil & Gas Museum opens new exhibit

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Oil & Gas Museum held a ribbon cutting for one of its new exhibits.

The "Modern Marcellus Shale Development" exhibit is donated by Antero Resources. The ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening featured remarks from regional industry leaders.

Officials from the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, the West Virginia Oil and Gas Association, the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Antero Resources attended.

"I don't think anyone envisioned the Marcellus 30 years ago and here we are today. This is the largest gas producing area in the United States. It's the second largest gas field in the world that we really didn't appreciate 30 years ago. I don't know what it'll be in 30 years from now, but I know Marcellus is big enough to take us that 30 years to find out," said Alvyn Schoop, Chief Administrative Officer and Regional Senior Vice President of Antero Resources.

The Oil & Gas Museum pays homage to the long heritage of oil and gas development in Appalachia. Parkersburg native David McKain established the museum in 1989.

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