The efforts of local West Virginia citizens to exert some control over Marcellus gas drilling in their own communities received two serious blows this week.
The first one came Tuesday night, when industry pressure convinced the Wellsburg city council to rescind its fracking ban.
The second occurred yesterday, when a Monongalia County circuit court judge ruled that "the ordinance passed by the city of Morgantown [banning fracking within one mile of the city limits] is pre-empted by state legislation and is invalid." City officials are reviewing their options. You can find the story here: