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Tomblin: Natural gas jobs should stay in W.Va.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he's not willing to sit back and let all of the natural gas products extracted in West Virginia be piped out of state to create jobs elsewhere.

Tomblin told attendees of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit at The Greenbrier Resort on Wednesday that the development of shale gas and associated liquids like ethane and propane offer enormous potential for the state.

He says officials are working hard to develop the infrastructure that will support an entire industry for generations to come. He says plans for billions of dollars of investment are on the drawing board.

The three-day business summit also will feature addresses by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin and several congressional and legislative leaders.

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