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West Virginia Register-Herald Editorial Calls For Moratorium

March 19, 2011

Voices in West Virginia are calling for a moratorium.  The West Virginia legislature recently ended their regular session without passing any new regulations on unconventional natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.  This prompted acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to instruct the state DEP to regulate drilling on their own.  The Register-Herald doesn’t like that idea and wants to see the legislature take another crack at passing new laws.

“It’s clear that everyone in Charleston isn’t on the same page on this ultra-important issue, so that really leaves them with no other option other than to halt everything right now and issue a moratorium on all drillingVoi until adequate regulations and protections can be agreed upon.”

“Once again, we say our elected leaders owe it to all West Virginians — because we are all affected parties — to do the right thing.”

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