West Virginia Considering New Rules For Fracking

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West Virginia lawmakers are seeking public input as they consider new rules for the Marcellus shale natural gas field.

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. public hearing Monday in the House Chamber. The committee expects to then take up the bill on Tuesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting Monday morning to begin its work.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants the Legislature to consider a version of the regulatory bill endorsed last month by a special House-Senate committee.

That panel spent months on such topics as permit fees, well construction standards and protections for area homes and water supplies.

The special legislative session began Sunday. The natural gas industry is watching the process along with environmental and labor groups and representatives for shale field surface owners.