Governor Tomblin lets industry write gas drilling laws?

Earlier this month, Governor Tomblin issued an executive order allowing the WV DEP to regulate natural gas drilling in the state as the legislature was unable to reach an agreement during it last session.  Initially this looked to be a positive step in regulating this booming industry in state where industry (has controlled) controls everything.  But recently reports have emerged that Governor Tomblin has weakened this legislation to appease lobbyist and industry interest groups.  It appears that WV will run by politics who are owned and controlled by industry – no wonder that state has remained poor and enfeeble since 1863 we can’t even write are own laws.


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