The West Virginia Legislature is nearing passage of a Marcellus regulatory bill. Both houses have now passed versions of the bill proposed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Lawmakers are meeting in special session this week to consider legislation that would require higher permit fees, added buffer zone provisions and more regulatory oversight of horizontal gas drilling and production activities in the state.
Click to read the Senate's bill (Eng. S.B. 4001)....and the House version (H.B. 401 - note, amendments have been made to this version).