Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Acting Governor Calls For $2 Million To Fund 8-10 Additional Inspectors

Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is calling on legislators to appropriate an additional $2 million from the state's General Revenue fund so the state DEP can hire 8-10 additional Office of Oil & Gas inspectors for increased Marcellus well drilling activities in West Virginia. The Governor reiterated his funding request during a press conference this afternoon. Governor Tomblin also said he does not think a special session on Marcellus regulatory bill is in order at this time. The Associated Press notes in an article that "Tomblin says the various stakeholders are no closer to a compromise than they were when their disagreements derailed a proposal during the just-completed regular session."