West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant today approved the filing of a Department of Environmental Protection emergency rule temporarily regulating Marcellus shale natural gas extraction. Under West Virginia code, Tennant could have taken up to 42 days to approve or deny the filing. However, "Tennant signed the emergency rule less than a week after it was filed with her office, believing there could be no further delay in specific regulation or delay in the opportunity to responsibly develop the industry and improve West Virginia’s economy," according to a statement on the Secretary of State's web site.
Click to read Secretary Tennant's statement.
Click to read the approved emergency rule.