Wednesday, March 9, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Planning Tougher Environmental Regs In Horizontal Drilling Bill

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take action this morning on legislation related to horizontal drilling activities in West Virginia, and the committee members are expected to insert tougher environmental and regulatory provisions in the bill. The committee will be taking up S.B. 424, which was passed by the upper house last week. The committee is expected to insert provisions to make drillers develop water management plans and disclose information about the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing. Any changes to the bill would have to be passed by the full House and then accepted by the Senate...or they will have to go to a conference committee. The 2011 regular session of the Legislature ends this Saturday, March 12.

Click to read article in The Charleston Gazette.

Click to read article in The Register-Herald.