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U.S. Secretary of Energy to visit W.Va.

By ANDREA LANNOM

The Register-Herald

BECKLELY, W.Va. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will make his first official visit to West Virginia in July, U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Thursday.

In a press release, the senators said Perry accepted their invitation to visit the Mountain State where he will travel with them to visit various sites to learn about the state’s energy production.

“From finding new ways to utilize our natural gas supply and modernizing our energy infrastructure to continuing critical coal research, West Virginia has an opportunity to be a key player in America’s energy strategy,” Capito said in the news release. “I’m looking forward to showing Secretary Perry the good work already under way in our state, as well as how we can help further maximize the country’s energy potential.”

Manchin said in the release he looks forward to showing Perry the state.

“Our state is on the cusp of energy innovation that will revolutionize our energy infrastructure and the way we power our country for decades to come,” he said in the release. “We can harness these opportunities only if we continue to work with the Department of Energy to ensure our research and development hubs in the state have the support and funding they need to bring their ideas to reality.”

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