Charleston will play host to a conference centered around promoting the natural gas industry.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday that Charleston will host the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference.
Tomblin said he's inviting 12 governors to discuss the benefits of converting state vehicle fleets to operate using natural gas. Earlier in July, Tomblin put together a Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force to look into the possibility in West Virginia.
Officials have said they believe it will save the state money and embrace a fuel source that can be produced in the mountain state. "We'll decrease our dependence on foreign oil. We can kind of turn the ships around and send our natural gas over seas, as opposed to importing oil. So I think this is a quantum change for our country, and West Virginia can take the lead and is taking the lead," said Bob Orndorff, president of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.
The Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference is being held at the Charleston Civic Center in May 2013.