Air Quality Legislation Proposed by the Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition

by Duane Nichols on July 20, 2011

Air emissions from drilling and completing natural gas wells in the Marcellus shale and similar formations are not on the radar screen for most West Virginians. The US-EPA found that air emissions from such operations are considerable, are under estimated, and are under reported by the industry. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that companies extracting natural gas from US Government lands can increase profits and decrease environmental degradation by capturing their emissions rather than venting or flaring them.

During the current interim session ten state legislators, five from the WV Senate and five from the WV House of Delegates, were appointed to a Select Committee to study the Marcellus. To aid them in their activities, the Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition (MVCAC) wrote this letter regarding air emissions to the committee and attached this Proposed Legislation concerning air emissions.

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