MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. – The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) has donated more than $590,000 to the Tyler County Commission to upgrade and modernize the county’s records system and make it available online.
According to Nicholas (Corky) DeMarco, executive director of WVONGA, “Our organization is grateful for the natural gas exploration opportunity we have in Tyler County, and we are happy to help make this important improvement for the citizens of the county.”
The donation is the end product of discussions between the Tyler County and the natural gas industry that began in early 2013. The upgrade allows the county to digitize and preserve the historical real property records for which the county clerk has responsibility to maintain. The modernization project will allow citizens to go online to search for, read and print these records from their own computers instead of physically going to the courthouse.
The information can be accessed by visiting: http://188.8.131.52/WEBInquiry/Default.aspx.
The check was presented to the Tyler County Commission on April 28, 2015. DeMarco stressed that, “This project would not have occurred but for the leadership demonstrated by the Tyler County Commission and by the Office of the County Clerk.”
The companies that made significant contributions toward the project are Antero Resources Corporation, Noble Energy, Stone Energy Corporation, EQT Corporation, Triad Hunter, LLC, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Jackson Kelly, PLLC, Babst Calland and Bowles Rice LLP.
DeMarco concluded, “This is a shining example of how local government and business can work together to accommodate specific needs of companies, while also preserving vital records in digital format for the benefit of all citizens of Tyler County.”
For more information, contact Corky DeMarco, president, WV Oil & Natural Gas Association