Lawmakers gathered at the State Capitol last evening to start a special session dedicated soley to working on Governor Tomblin's Marcellus regulatory bill (click to read). The Governor’s bill is an effort to reach consensus on legislation that will serve as “a significant step forward in the development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia.” The administration is seeking to strike a balance between concerns of industry, environmentalists and surface owners. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for this afternoon, and the session is expected to conclude by the end of this week.
Here are news articles about the special session:
Marcellus bill would set $10,000 permit fees, require advance notice - http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201112110128
Legislature starts special session on Marcellus rules - http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201112110065
Lawmakers confident in passage of Governor’s Marcellus package - http://www.statejournal.com/story/16301657/lawmakers-confident-in-passage-of-governors-marcellus-package
Details of Governor's Marcellus bill - http://www.statejournal.com/story/16301232/governors-marcellus-shale-bill-unveiled