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Federal Water Tap, November 21: Shale Gas and Water Security

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing in East Charleston, W.Va. to discuss gas production in the state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale. Donald Garvin of the West Virginia Environmental Council said that though drilling has brought a lot of money to the state, it is also contributing to the “industrialization of rural West Virginia”—turning byways into highways clogged with a near-continuous stream of drilling rigs, chemicals shipments and water tankers. State legislator Tim Manchin, a Democrat, summarized the state’s attempt to write regulations for shale gas drilling, saying that using regulations developed for traditional drilling methods are not sufficient to protect communities, the environment and infrastructure.