The House Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing this Thursday on the two bills that would regulate the drilling of Marcellus Shale gas wells in West Virginia. This is a great opportunity to tell members of the committee what you think should be included in this important legislation and what problems you may have experienced with drillers. Anyone can sign up to speak. The sign up period will be just prior to the hearing. Please keep in mind that you will likely be limited to 2-3 minutes to make your comments. This will be the only opportunity for average citizens to make their case.
DEP Chief Wants To Double Oil & Gas Staff
State agency has its own proposal in the Legislature
February 9, 2011 – By CASEY JUNKINS | Staff Writer
WHEELING – Randy Huffman knows West Virginia is not properly equipped to regulate the expanding Marcellus Shale natural gas rush, so he wants to double the size of the state’s Office of Oil and Gas.
Acting state Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and Sen. Orphy Klempa, D-Ohio, are among the sponsors of a new piece of legislation crafted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection designed to regulate horizontal natural gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other drilling aspects.
The bill differs slightly from the “Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Drilling Gas Act,” introduced to both the House and Senate last week. The new legislation is working its way through both chambers as Senate Bill 424 and House Bill 3042.
“We are going to compare the two bills, and draw out the best parts of each,” said Kessler, who is also a sponsor of the older bill. “Both are going to be debated and discussed at length. We will look to both bills to make sure we can do what we need to do to protect our air and water.”
Urge Lawmakers to Pass Marcellus Shale Drilling Bill Out of Subcommittee
A recent update from Julie Archer of the WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization – SUPPORT a draft bill establishing a new regulatory program for gas wells utilizing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
A recent update from Julie Archer of the WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization. Headlines include : WV-SORO Win: Ruling in Well Spacing Case Favors Surface Owners; Sierra Club Launches Campaign To Regulate Marcellus Drilling; and GASLAND Screenings This Week in Wheeling, Morgantown.