by Beth Little |
A lack of action is par for the course in our State Governor's Office!
Where are the emergency rules on Marcellus gas drilling from Governor Tomblin’s Executive Order?
As of this writing, it has been over a month, and nothing has been delivered to the Secretary of State’s office so it can take effect.
The Order was an insufficient Band-Aid to the lack of needed regulation to control the impacts citizens are suffering from the drilling boom, but people not directly acquainted with the problems thought it was enough to stop worrying about the threats to our water. Primary among the deficiencies was the lack of any resources for additional enforcement. The best regulations are useless without enforcement.
Another failure of leadership is in the Senate side of the Select Committee instituted to come up with agreement on a bill. The House members held three public hearings and, based on the information gathered, prepared amendments to the legislation that passed out of the Senate during the last session. The Senate members? Contributed nothing, and after voting on some of the amendments, declared “no more amendments” and ended the meeting with no more scheduled.
Let the Governor and Select Committee Senators know that the public demands relief. We want our water protected. And our air and land and health and safety. (See back of newsletter for contact into.)