Lewisburg Resolution Calls for Special Session and Permit Moratorium

by Dee Fulton on March 20, 2011

The city council of Lewisburg, WV passed a resolution on March 15th encouraging the governor to call a special legislative session to deal with shale gas law and to cease issuing new drilling permits until such legislative action had been carried out to protect the water supply.  A copy of the resolution was presented to Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the WV Legislature.

The text of the resolution reads:

“WHEREAS state regulations governing Marcellus Shale development in West Virginia are inadequate to protect the water resources of West Virginia including the Greenbrier River watershed, and

WHEREAS state regulations do not adequately regulate the amount of water that can be withdrawn from aquifers and public bodies of water by Marcellus Shale development companies, and

WHEREAS state regulations currently do not adequately protect public water systems including the city of Lewisburg water system from contamination from liquid by-products of hydraulic fracking technologies being released into public bodies of water, and

WHEREAS as a result of failures of the legislature to support funding, the WVDEP does not currently employ a sufficient number of inspectors on staff to adequately monitor Marcellus Shale development, and WHEREAS the WV legislature failed to act in its 2011 regular session to safely and effectively guide the development of Marcellus Shale in WV, and

WHEREAS the council of the city of Lewisburg encourage the governor to call a special session of the legislature to address this issue in a timely fashion; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the council of the city of Lewisburg resolves that no additional permits for horizontal drilling in the Marcellus Shale be issued within the state of West Virginia until adequate regulations are promulgated that protect public water supplies from Marcellus Shale development.”

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