Delegates

West Virginia Nears Passage of Frack Fluid Trade Secret Bill

A bill that would allow companies to classify as trade secrets chemicals and concentrations used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids passed the muster of a key committee on Tuesday, and is nearing final passage in the West Virginia Legislature.

April 12, 2013

Pipe Safety Violation Fines Skyrocket in West Virginia Bill

Coming two months after the explosion on the Columbia Gas Transmission system in West Virginia, the state’s House of Delegates Thursday voted out and sent to the Senate legislation that would raise the penalty per violation from $1,000 per day to $200,000 per day for pipeline safety violations.

March 4, 2013

Pipe Safety Violation Fines Skyrocket in West Virginia Bill

Coming two months after the explosion on the Columbia Gas Transmission system in West Virginia, the state’s House of Delegates Thursday voted out and sent to the Senate legislation that would raise the penalty per violation from $1,000 per day to $200,000 per day for pipeline safety violations.

March 4, 2013

Maryland Delegate Plans to Offer Drilling Moratorium Bill in 2013

A legislator in the Maryland House of Delegates announced Wednesday that she plans to introduce a bill next year that would impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale until a comprehensive scientific study is completed.

September 14, 2012

Maryland House Passes 7.5% Severance Tax on Natural Gas

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a 7.5% state severance tax on natural gas production on Monday, which if adopted would become the highest severance tax rate for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.

March 28, 2012

Maryland House of Delegates Passes Two Marcellus Bills

The Maryland House of Delegates passed two Marcellus Shale regulatory bills on Saturday, adding clarity to how lawmakers expect the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to regulate oil and natural gas operators, as well as several aspects of their drilling activities.

March 21, 2012

Industry Not Thrilled With West Virginia Marcellus Bill

A committee of West Virginia legislators has finalized a compromise Marcellus Shale regulatory reform bill and is urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session for its passage.

November 22, 2011

West Virginia Panel OKs Three Amendments to Marcellus Bill

A panel of West Virginia lawmakers approved three amendments to a draft Marcellus Shale regulatory reform bill on Monday, recommending that the state expand the public notice and comment period over drilling activities and change the way it hires natural gas well inspectors.

September 14, 2011

Freeze on Marcellus Permits Approved by Maryland House

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill that would freeze the permitting of Marcellus Shale drilling until 2013 while state agencies review the results of various studies into Marcellus development and hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking), including a major study being performed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

March 28, 2011

Freeze on Marcellus Permits Approved by Maryland House

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill that would freeze the permitting of Marcellus Shale drilling until 2013 while state agencies review the results of various studies into Marcellus development and hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking), including a major study being performed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (see Shale Daily, Feb. 24).

March 25, 2011
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