Candidate for Governor John Perdue Says He Will Lead on Shale Regulations

by Duane Nichols on April 17, 2011

State Treasurer John Perdue criticized three other candidates in the race to be the new Governor of West Virginia – present acting governor Earl Ray Tomblin; acting Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall; and House Speaker Richard Thompson, D-Wayne – for the failure of legislation to regulate Marcellus Shale drilling to pass into law at this year’s regular legislative session.

Perdue, a current Democratic candidate for governor, addressed a town hall meeting at the Stone Church Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, where nearby roads show the negative effects of trucks transporting natural gas from drilling sites.  Perdue is 60 and originally from Boone County coal country. He said that shale gas development was “arguably the most important issue in the state” that the Legislature addressed earlier this year. “At the end, when the bell rang, they weren’t there for you,” Perdue said. “They walked away.  If I’m governor, I’m going to say, ‘We’re going to stay here until we get those checks and balances in place.  We’re going to stay here until we protect the people and their rights.’”

Eleven of the fourteen candidates running to be West Virginia’s next governor were at Musselman High School in the Eastern Panhandle on Friday night.  Betty Ireland, former West Virginia Secretary of State and Republican candidate, said,  ”A serious attack in our environmental problems here are the EPA’s egregious attacks on our West Virginia industries.”  Jesse Johnson, the Mountain Party candidate said, “The number one energy source in West Virginia is not being tapped, is not being used for jobs and that’s conservation and that’s across the board.”

Marcellus Shale was one of the hot topics, as regulations for the industry failed to pass in the state’s recent legislative session.  “As governor I’d call a special session to create regulations dealing with Marcellus Shale,” said Rick Thompson, Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates and Democratic candidate.

Senator Kessler and Acting Governor Tomblin are known to have differing views, as reported earlier. Other Democrats seeking the governor’s office in the May 14 special primary election are Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and Charleston resident Arne Moltis. Other Republicans in the race are current state Sen. Clark Barnes of Randolph County; Delegate Mitch Carmichael, of Jackson County; former Delegate Larry Faircloth of Berkeley County; Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia; and businessmen Bill Maloney and Ralph William Clark and Cliff Ellis, all of Monongalia County.

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ken herdman May 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

Mr. Purdue:

I am tempted to throw you my vote, however, I would like to know how you can roll back utility cost. Your opponents say it can’t be done. Tell us how. I would also like to know how you feel about gun control, abbortion, and welfare reconstruction. there is so much fraud and leaches in the welfare system. Hud, is in a terrible mess. To many people just live together, have kids, and live on welfare. Hud supplies them with a place to live, pays there utilities and gives them food. Why should they want to change? Why should they want to better themselves? As far as gun control, We voted in the right to carry concealed weapons in l987 with 87% of the voters, and I would like to keep that right. Abbortion, I just don’t believe that is a right, on the contraty, it is just plain murder, if you or anyone chooses to take a life like that. So, I don’t believe in choice. Perhaps in the cases of rape and then only within the very first few hours. Thanks for your time. Ken


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