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Differing Ideas on Marcellus Shale in WV Governor's Race

By: BRITTANY ERSKINE - Associated Press Writer
By: BRITTANY ERSKINE - Associated Press Writer
Candidates for governor agree that action needs to be taken on Marcellus shale, but they disagree as to what and how.

This map from the USGS shows the extent of the Marcellus Shale formation that oil and natural gas companies are exploring for drilling.

Candidates for governor agree that action needs to be taken on Marcellus shale, but they disagree as to what and how.

Legislation dealing with Marcellus drilling failed to pass the Legislature earlier this year, and candidates running in the May 14 primary are seizing the opportunity to present their own varied plans.

Ideas from Democrats ranged from holding a special session to address regulation to creating "Future Funds" from severance tax revenue to environmental safety.

Candidates also voiced concerns over landowner rights, water safety and work force training.

The mile-deep Marcellus shale is believed to hold trillions of cubic feet of gas and stretches from West Virginia to New York state. The candidates and others believe tapping this resource will be an economic bonanza for the state.

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