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WV City Wants Special Session on Drilling Regulations

Count the city of Morgantown among those asking acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconvene the Legislature and toughen regulations for natural gas drilling.

Courtesy: West Virginia Legislature

Count the city of Morgantown among those asking acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconvene the Legislature and toughen regulations for natural gas drilling.

The city council passed the resolution on Marcellus shale drilling Tuesday night. But it rejected a proposed amendment and a separate resolution that would have demanded a moratorium on the deep wells.

The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association says that's good because calls for a moratorium send industry the wrong message.

Director Corky DeMarco says the state's on the verge of landing billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs.

But resident Peg Reese told The Dominion Post the state needs strong policies to protect its people, water and air. She says West Virginia has a history of letting extraction industries ruin its resources.

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