WV Legislature Should Revisit the State’s Fracking Law

by Duane Nichols on January 30, 2013

WV State Code

Letter to Editor, Morgantown Dominion Post,  January 27, 2013

Legislature should revisit fracking law

By Catherine Lozier, Morgantown, WV

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia, as well as the local League in Morgantown, are supporting a petition calling for a moratorium on new permits for natural gas wells until some minimum requirements are met. More and more permits are being issued before inspections and safeguards are in place.

The League wants mandatory inspections of drilling operations, tracers added to the fracturing fluids so water contamination can be identified, a closed-loop process mandated for drilling and fracturing, hazardous materials disposed of in hazardous-waste facilities and air pollution emissions monitored and pollution controls required.

Also citizens should be guaranteed a permanent replacement if their source of clean water becomes contaminated, unless another source of pollution can be proven.

Chapter 22 of the West Virginia Code reads “(1) Restoring and protecting the environment is fundamental to the health and welfare of individual citizens …”

We ask that the Legislature revisit the regulations for hydraulic fracturing in the 2013 session, and add amendments to protect our air, our water and our citizens before any more permits are allowed.

We also hope others will call for action from the Governor and the Legislators.

 Catherine Lozier for The Board of the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County,  Morgantown, WV.

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Teena Free January 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

I hope for the safety and well being of future generations this works.
As far as the replacing contaminated water? I believe someone was paid off to push “city” water in rural towns, paid for by the tax payers and whomever needs water in order to avoid the gas companies having to pay for it in the future!!

Pretty sneaky! Makes me wonder what else is being done to prevent them from being responsible for anything else? Are the roads the trucks and heavy equipment destroy being repaired by them? Not here!


randy moyer January 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

stop the fracking

its killing us

randy moyer


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