Thursday, February 21, 2013

Horizontal Well Studies Taking More Time But W.Va. DEP Explains Why

West Virginia DEP Secretary Randy Huffman updated lawmakers this week on the status of key regulatory studies his department is undertaking as part of the 2011 passage of the state's new Horizontal Well Act.  That act called for the DEP to undertake three studies and have two of those completed by the end of 2012.  The DEP has yet to complete those two studies, and Secretary Huffman explained that he decided "to be late rather than turning in something we wouldn't be proud of."  He noted that his agency has "taken a lot of time with these studies to try to be as scientific and comprehensive as we could."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cracker In The Works For State's Northern Panhandle

A Wheeling newspaper is reporting that a $400 million to $500 million ethane cracker project may be in the works for Marshall County.  Click to read the story.

Legislative Rule-Making Committee Gives Blessing To Horizontal Act Rules

The Legislative Rule-Making Committee of the West Virginia Legislature has given its approval to proposed rules for state's Horizontal Well Act.  The committee's recommendation will now go to the full Legislature for consideration during the 2013 legislative session, which gets underway later today.

Friday, February 8, 2013

W.Va. DEP Submits 'Modified' Horizontal Drilling Rule To Legislature

Provided is a link to the Horizontal Development Rule (35 C.S.R. 8 ) as filed pursuant to the state’s Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control, which became effective on Dec. 4, 2011. This rule contains recent modifications by the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection.  The rule now will be considered by lawmakers during the upcoming 2013 session of the West Virginia Legislature.  That 60-day session starts next week on February 13. Click to read the rule:

(NOTE: To see final modifications done by the WV DEP, please go to this web page, and click on the Microsoft Word document 9/14/2012.  The modifications are indicated in red.)