Charleston’s Innovators: Revamping West Virginia’s Oil and Gas Industry


The hub of the western frontier during the American Revolution, perhaps it is only right that today, Charleston, West Virginia, is a beacon for energy companies. The Greater Kanawha Valley is rich with natural resources and is strategically positioned for the transportation of coal, oil, and gas. In this article, we look at some of the pioneering energy companies that are based right here in Charlston, West Virginia.

These companies span a wide spectrum of the energy industry, from oil and gas to energy management and environmental consulting. One thing that ties all these companies together? Their shared commitment to harnessing the Earth’s resources in the most efficient, responsible, and economic ways possible. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Here, we provide brief descriptions and related links from all these companies. We believe understanding the work these companies do, brings proper context to the energy conversation. Let’s explore further.

Northeast Natural Energy

Founded by a group of dedicated energy professionals, Northeast Natural Energy is a private independent producer of natural gas. Operating primarily in West Virginia, the company is committed to achieving energy independence through the production of efficient and affordable natural gas. The company’s approach is founded on precise, focused science and engineering which permits them to create the best wells available. More about the company can be found on their LinkedIn page.

Mountaineer Gas Company

The Mountaineer Gas Company is a natural gas distribution company. Though their founders remain unknown, their influence and contributions to the gas and energy industry cannot be overstated. Mountaineer Gas Company has made its mark in the provision of energy around West Virginia. You can gain more insight into their operations via their Linkedin profile.

Greylock Energy

Greylock Energy is a standout energy company offering services across a wide range of sectors. The scaling company caters to small and medium businesses and spiritedly engage in Oil and Gas. You can find out more about Greylock Energy on their Facebook page and LinkedIn profile.

Cunningham Energy

An independent producer of oil and gas, Cunningham Energy is based in Charleston, West Virginia. The company was established in 2008 and has been a leader in acquiring, exploring, and producing oil and gas in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Williston Basins. Know more via their Facebook page.


Protech is a specialized energy service company, equipped to handle pipeline maintenance, construction, and environmental projects. Not only do they offer advanced energy services, but their services also include project coordination, safety professionals, building inspections, and much more. Check out their LinkedIn profile for more detail.

R.L. Laughlin & Co

R.L. Laughlin & Co is a consulting firm that provides services in industrial and oil/gas sectors. Their successful venture in energy management has made them an important part of West Virginia’s energy landscape. More insight about the company can be known from their LinkedIn profile.

Written by Mark Smith

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