With a special committee looking more likely to complete work in October on a Marcellus Shale regulatory bill, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he would consider calling a special session in November. Talking with editors at The Register-Herald, Tomblin said "I do want to encourage them to go ahead and get some sort of agreement out here, so we can get the law on the books...If they can get it done in October, that (November) would be the appropriate time, I think.” Click to read the entire article.
However, horizontal producers have begun to express concerns about some amendments that were adopted recently by the committee. These amendments include establishing a higher drilling permit fee on horizontal wells, new public notice requirements and a new $2,500 payment to surface owners.
Lewis Glasser is closely monitoring the activities of the Legislature's special joint Marcellus study committee.