Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rowan requests gas moratorium

Hampshire County's representative in the West Virginia House of Delegates, Ruth Rowan, has joined the bipartisan group of delegates calling for a temporary moratorium on new permits for gas wells, until new legislation sets more stringent regulations to protect the public from dangerous new drilling technology.

Delegate Rowan is listed among the co-signers of a letter to the acting governor requesting the moratorium, in an op-ed in this morning's Charleston Gazette, "Think before drilling," co-authored by Delegates Barbara Fleischauer and Mike Manypenny, who were leaders in the effort to build more protections into the legislation which failed to pass in the regular session.

The delegates are asking the acting governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, to call a special session of the legislature, to get the legislation necessary to adequately regulate Marcellus shale gas drilling.

--Michael Hasty

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