("Cover" meaning "publish an industry PR release on the matter")
Senate bill 508, which severely limits nuisance lawsuits against frackers and companies that cause pollution, noise, or any other disruption, was introduced on February 4 and was passed and sent to the House of Delegates on February 23. (I've previously written about this bill here and here). With the same morning and afternoon article, . . .
Here's the only legislative news story in today's News-Register: local delegate misses vote because of bathroom break
Don't complain -- that's one more story than yesterday's Intelligencer
Today's Sunday edition of the Wheeling News-Register, like yesterday's Intelligencer, contained no real news stories about the West Virginia legislature. There was an editorial on the need to fix state roads and the opinion section also carried the "Reporters' Notebook" which devoted a couple of paragraphs to a local . . .
Ryan Ferns and "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week"
I noted on Friday that it appeared that our local "newspapers" were celebrating "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week." As of this morning, the papers have covered Capito, McKinley, and Morissey but have ignored their favorite state senator, Ryan Ferns. Ferns has been making news but my hunch is that it doesn't lend . . .
Active fracking bills
SB 508 - nuisance lawsuits
On Thursday SB 508 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. (I previously wrote about this bill here.) According to the Gazette-Mail:
The bill (SB 508) gives businesses virtual immunity from private “nuisance lawsuits” so long as the business does not violate a law, regulation or the terms of . . .
Updated February 20
Rep. David McKinley
Yesterday, both local "newspapers" carried an article detailing Representative David McKinley's views on replacing Justice Antonin Scalia despite the fact that what McKinley believes doesn't matter -- members of the House have no input on the matter.
In the article McKinley rehashed the . . .
Do our local "newspapers" know that the legislature is in session?
House approves religious exemption bill
The AP is reporting:
A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.
Approved by Thursday's 72-26 vote, the proposal would let people cite religious objections to state actions . . .
The Intelligencer "selectively uses" EPA scientists (whose credibility they usually question) to attack the EPA
What the Intelligencer won't do to assail Obama, the EPA and climate change
Here's what happened:
The EPA's report on fracking came out in early June and a number of news sources, including the local ones, carried a headline that fracking was not a threat to our drinking water. Despite the headline, most of these reports, including the original AP report, featured critics who pointed out that . . .