The West Virginia Legislature ended its session without passing legislation that would bring needed regulations to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, touted as an economic boom for the Mountain State. The legislature had no qualms about giving tax breaks to the industry.

At least 20 legislators are now calling for a moratorium on drilling until regulations can be drawn. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he will not call a special session to address the matter.

Gov. Tomblin says there are enough regulations already in place, until new ones can be adopted.

While some states are working toward the public interest, with NY placing a ban on drilling until regulations can be drawn, the WV Legislature succumbed to industry lobbyists.

See MARCELLUS DRILLING REGULATIONS DIE IN LEGISLATURE - Gas Industry Still Given Tax Breaks, Asphalt Roads Turned To Mud, Drilling Within 200 Feet Of Residences

See also Regulation Lax as Gas Wells' Tainted Water Hits Rivers by Ian Urbina for the New York Times

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