WV Shale Drillers: New Safety Regs on the Way in 2016

Drillers in West Virginia–you’re on notice that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thinks it’s time to make shale drilling in the Mountain State safer than it is right now. Translation: new regulations will be coming at you in the 2016 legislative session. Tomblin formed the 19-member Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety Commission with an executive order (see WV Establishes New Commission to Study Drilling/Pipeline Safety). The aim of the group is to present a list of recommendations in a final report on Nov. 16–a list that will be used to craft new rules and regulations and laws to be presented during next year’s legislative session. Now is the time for drillers to participate in the process. The kickoff session spent much the time reviewing previous accidents and dangers associated with oil and gas drilling…

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