Morgantown City Council Passes Marcellus Resolution for Special Session, not Moratorium

by Nicole Good on April 5, 2011

Tuesday evening, during their regular meeting, the Morgantown City Council considered a resolution that would call for a moratorium on new permits on drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale.  Representatives from industry spoke out against the resolution, as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau who voiced concerns that Morgantown would lose hotel and restaurant business from a moratorium.  Several representatives from the environmental community spoke in favor of the resolution, but when Don Spencer moved for the resolution, it was not seconded.

Following this, the council took up the resolution calling for the legislature to hold a special session to create regulations for Marcellus Shale gas drilling.  After several amendments were adopted, Don Spencer offered an amendment to add in a paragraph calling for a moratorium.  Voting for this were Don Spencer, Jenny Selin, and Marti Shamberger.  Voting “No” were Ron Bane, Charlie Byrer, and John Gaddis.  The tie was broken by Mayor Bill Byrne, who voted “No.”  This ammended resolution requesting a special session (without a moratorium), passed unanimously.

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