New Rules/Laws for Shale Drilling Will Come to WV in 2013

Last week a set of legislative rules crafted to regulate the horizontal gas well industry cleared an important committee hurdle when the WV joint Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee gave its qualified blessing to rules proposed by the WV DEP. In addition, some 60 bills related to the energy industry were introduced in the first two days of the new West Virginia legislative session—24 of them concerning natural gas. Conclusion: More regulation of shale drilling is on the way in 2013.

First, details about the DEP fracking rules recently approved by the joint committee:

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