More Calls for a Moratorium on State Permits for Marcellus Wells

by Duane Nichols on March 30, 2011

Delegates Barbara Fleischauer (Monongalia County) and Mike Mannypenny (Taylor County) and 21 other Delegates have joined in calling for a moratorium on any new permits for Marcellus gas wells. Their guest editorial in the Morgantown Dominion Post says that “Everyone in our State will soon be affected in some way by Marcellus shale gas drilling.” Our roads, our land, water and air as well as the health of our family and our animals can each be impacted, as has happened to many already.

The City of Lewisburg has joined these Delegates in the call for a moratorium; and, the City of Morgantown will take up a moratorium resolution this coming Tuesday evening. The Morgantown Dominion Post supports a moratorium; and, the Beckley Register-Herald has called for a moratorium on all drilling. “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 drilling until adequate regulations and protections can be agreed upon.”

According to the guest editorial by Fleischauer and Mannypenny: “Please encourage other delegates and senators to join in our request for a new permit moratorium and ask gubernatorial candidates where they stand on a new permit moratorium and a special session. And don’t forget to vote.” The primary for a new governor is May 14th and the election is October 4th.

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