After months of speculation and negotiations, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) announced today a special session to deal with Marcellus Shale drilling regulations will start Sunday.
Lawmakers were due in town anyway for the final interim committee meetings of the year.
A special committee passed a bill last month that deals with a wide variety of issues, including setback requirements, permit fees, the authority of the state's Department of Environmental Protection and many others.
"We have the opportunity to pass landmark legislation that will be a significant step forward in the development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. I believe we can complete the legislation next week," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release. "I want to express my sincere appreciation to the legislative interim committee for their hard work in crafting a piece of legislation. Over the past weeks we have consulted with and sought the input of all stakeholders at this monumental juncture in our state's history"
During yesterday's on-air "At the Capitol" segment, I previewed some of the issues that are likely to be sticking points during next week's session. Click on the video player to see.