Today's update from the tireless folks at West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization:
Despite the dim prospects reported yesterday in the Charleston Daily Mail, the Marcellus Shale legislation is still alive.
The full House Judiciary Committee did not take up the bill this afternoon. However, the subcommittee reconvened and adopted several more strengthening amendments, and the bill is on the House Judiciary Committee agenda for this morning's meeting.
If you haven't already, please call or e-mail House Judiciary Committee members right away and urge them to pass a strong Marcellus Shale bill. [See yesterday's update here at the Independent for contact information.]
Some of you who are on other lists will have heard about a bill moving from the Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee (EIM). This bill could start moving later, but for now we want to concentrate on the House bill. We have more friends in the House, and a strong showing in the there will put us in better position when (or if) one or more bills pass and the two houses reconcile the final product. If one of your senators is on EIM, feel free to call, but contact delegates first.
-- Julie Archer
WV Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 346-5891(304) 346-8981 FAX