A series of public meetings has been scheduled by the House members of the Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale. The 10-member group was formed recently to develop recommendations on regulations related to Marcellus activities. The public meetings, which will begin tomorrow (July 21) in Wheeling, have become a source of concern to the state's natural gas industry. In an email alert to members, IOGA of W.Va. is calling on members to attend the meetings and to share viewpoints about the importance of Marcellus development:
"Some of the more radical House members of this committee have decided to hold Public Hearings over the next week to discuss Marcellus drilling. Unfortunately, these hearings are shaping up to be a forum for environmentalists and drilling opponents to dominate the meetings and subsequent media attention with anti-industry rhetoric.
"We need your help in putting on a show of force of industry workers, businesses, and those who depend on natural gas development. Please attend one or more of these hearings and let the Delegates know that you support development of the Marcellus shale and all of West Virginia’s oil & gas resources."
The schedule for the public meetings is as follows:
July 21 (Thursday)
Wheeling - Northern Community College
July 25 (Monday)
Morgantown - WVU College of Law
July 27 (Wednesday)
Clarksburg - location and time to be determined