West Virginia Puts Bill To Regulate Gas Drilling Waste On Hold

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Updated Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:48 am

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by the governor in a special session.

Lawmakers who negotiated a version both sides could agree on were unable to get the measure passed before midnight Saturday, the deadline for the regular session.

The bill would only allow seven landfills in the state that have already applied to do so to create a separate area on their properties where they could store the waste. Those landfills are located in the northern panhandle and northwest portion of the state.

Senator Herb Snyder said the bill was good news for the environment.

The measure calls for the waste to be separated from other waste and monitored for radioactivity. It also requires drilling companies to pay an extra $1 per ton of waste for road repairs.

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