Ask Acting Governor Tomblin to Regulate Gas Drilling or Stop Issuing New Drilling Permits!

No new regulations were passed!  Everyone from the top of the federal government down to state leaders, regional and local public officers all AGREE – new regulations are needed…are NECESSARY to protect our land and water from this massive Marchellus Shale boom.

CONTACT TOMBLIN AND ASK HIM TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION!

Read more below, from Chuck Wyrostok.

After 60 days, legislators failed to pass legislation to regulate Marcellus
Shale drilling. It’s time to call on Acting Governor Tomblin to stop issuing
new drilling permits until the industry is properly regulated. We do not
believe that the DEP should be issuing more new permits than it can review,
inspect and enforce. Our drilling laws have not been updeated in nearly 40
years. There are only 17 inspectors for 59,000 active gas wells. Also there
are 6,000 inactive conventional wells out there now that need to be plugged
before the well owners go out of business. We have had at least three major
well fires and explosions in the past 18 months. The current system isn’t
working! We need a special session to address the environmental and other
concerns related to Marcellus Shale and other gas well drilling.

Please call, e-mail or write Acting Governor Tomblin and send a copy to
Acting Senate President Kessler and House Speaker Thompson saying:

Dear Governor Tomblin:

I am deeply disappointed that the Legislature was unable to reach any
agreement on legislation to regulate Marcellus Shale gas drilling. It is
critical that you stop issuing new permits until regulations are in place to
protect property owners and the enviromment and to ensure proper enforcement
and inspector staffing. It is unacceptable that large numbers of West
Virginians asking for protection from destructive gas drilling that is
happening all over the state were not heard during the 2011 Legislative
Session. Please call a special session to address environmental and other
concerns related to Marcellus Shale and other gas well drilling.

You can contact Governor Tomblin at:

Phone: (304) 558-2000 or (888) 438-2731 (toll-free)
E-Mail: governor@wv.gov

OR

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
State Capitol, Building 1
1900 Kanawha Blvd East
Charleston, WV 25305

You can contact Senate President Kessler at:

Phone: (304) 357-7801
E-Mail: jeff.kessler@wvsenate.gov

OR

Senator Jeff Kessler
Room 227M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305

You can contact House Speaker Rick Thompson at:

Phone: (304) 340-3210
E-mail: Speaker.Thompson@frontier.com

OR

Delegate Rick Thompson
Room 228M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
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Chuck Wyrostok
Sierra Club Outreach Organizer
Toll free 877 252 0257
E: outreach@marcellus-wv.com
www.marcellus-wv.com

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