Thursday, June 16, 2011

Governor Tomblin: Hoping For Agreement On Marcellus Regulatory Bill

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is quoted in today's The Register-Herald as saying he hopes a compromise on Marcellus regulations could be completed in the coming weeks. It was announced this week that the Legislature is forming a special legislative study group to focus on the issue of Marcellus regulations. If the group comes to consensus, Tomblin reiterated his stand that he would be add an "agreed to" Marcellus proposal as part of the agenda of a planned special session this summer.

According to the newspaper's June 16 edition:

“We’re hoping to be able to get the two sides together to talk about the rules and regulations of Marcellus drilling,” Tomblin said. “I’m hoping they can come to some sort of agreement in the next few weeks here.”

Tomblin plans to huddle with Thompson and Kessler again in July to gauge the task force’s progress.

“If they’re close enough where we feel we can get in, get the bill passed and get out, then I’ll consider putting it on at that time,” the governor said.

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