The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is reworking its Marcellus regulatory bill in advance of expected legislative action. The agency is redrafting a legislative proposal it developed as part of the 2011 regular legislative session. That proposal did not get enacted. Unlike the first proposal developed by DEP, this new version will mainly on environmental regulations…and not include provisions such as statutory pooling, which is desired by many large Marcellus producers. Provisions related to surface owner rights also will be left out of this new version, according to the DEP’s spokesperson. DEP’s Secretary Randy Huffman says he will be seeking higher permit fees in order to finance the higher of 8-10 additional oil/natural gas inspectors.
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