WV Lawmaker Threatens Marcellus Industry with New Safety Laws

The Marcellus and Utica Shale industry is laser-focused on the safety of its workers. MDN editor Jim Willis has witnessed it first-hand when touring active rigs, pipeline sites, compressor stations and even completed well sites. State and federal regulations are strictly followed. Even though Marcellus Shale workers in West Virginia are required to take either an 8-hour or 30-hour OSHA safety training course, depending on the job, WV lawmakers are still concerned that the industry is not “regulated enough” when it comes to safety. Those same lawmakers–namely Del. Randy Smith from Preston County, WV–are threatening to slap new safety laws on drillers in the Mountain State…

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