Energy Corporation of America, which is a privately held energy company that actively pursues the exploration, extraction, production and transportation of natural gas and oil in the United States and globally announced plans to build a three-story office building at Northgate Business Park in Charleston.
The building will be located near the Ticketmaster offices with about 60,000-square-feet leveled on about 9.65 acres according to plans submitted to the City’s Municipal Planning Commission. The Denver-based ECA was founded about 20 years ago by John Mork, the president and CEO and currently has eastern regional headquarters located on 56th Street in Kanawha City behind the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection office building.
According to their website, ECA is a leading producer in the Appalachian Basin and was at the forefront in developing the Marcellus Shale formation as early as the late 1970s. Mork and ECA bought Mountaineer Gas in 1995 and sold it to Allegheny Energy five years later. The website also states the company owns more than a million acres from New York to Tennessee and operates more than 4,600 wells. It has drilled up to 100 wells a year for the last five years.
Planning Commission members will review the plans and if approved, about 100 employees will be relocated to the new building with space for expansion for about 200 employees.
Mork, his family and his company have strong ties with the Mountain State and were major donors to the Clay Center. Mork's son, Kyle became the Drilling Manager for ECA’s Eastern Region based in Charleston in 2004 and serves on the Board of Directors of the ECA Foundation, Inc., along with former W.Va. Governor Gaston Caperton. Kyle also serves on the Board of Directors on the the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley, Energize WV, and the Clay Center for the Arts. He is a 2002 graduate of Cornell University and received an Executive MBA at the Kellog School of Management at Northwestern University in 2010.
Sources: Energy Coperation of America; WVGazette