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West Virginia Bill Regulating Marcellus Shale Signed Into Law

1:52 PM MST | January 2, 2012 | Kara Sissell

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed into law a bill detailing permit requirements for horizontal drilling in West Virginia, including in the Marcellus Shale. The law stipulates fees, buffer zones, and access roads requirements, and requires assessment of the wells’ impact on water resources. Permit fees will be $10,000 for initial wells and $5,000 for each well added to the site. The law also provides for compensation to be paid to surface property owners in certain cases, and authorizes the state Department of Environmental Protection to...


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