As the West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale prepares to meet next week, one group is encouraging the committee to address environmental issues surrounding Marcellus shale drilling and fracking throughout the state.
West Virginia for a Moratorium on Marcellus, or WV4MOM, is planning a July 11 rally at the Capitol. The committee has scheduled its first meeting for July 12. The group is encouraging the public to attend the rally and contact committee members and ask them to consider what the group considers to be top needs in any Marcellus shale legislation.
Those needs include:
Advance notice of all stages in permitting and drilling
Adequate permit fees and bonding amounts
Protection of Surface owners’ property and rights
Water withdrawal monitoring and permitting to protect streams and rivers
Enhanced inspection of casing/cementing as critical for groundwater protection
Full protection of all water wells, with adequate setbacks and testing
Increased funding for more inspectors to assure safe practices
Reformed method of certifying and selecting new gas inspectors
Removal and proper disposal of drilling pits
Disclosure of fracking fluid contents and safety plans for accidents
Protection of public lands, including state parks, wildlife areas and state forests
The rally begins at 10 a.m. on the north side of the Capitol. For information, send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.