This year's West Virginia legislature is notable for its use of centuries-old ideas in attempting to forge a promising future for the Mountain State. With the passage of labor laws that will take West Virginia back at least half-a-century combined with "Wild West" gun laws and attitudes toward science that predate the 20th . . .
SB 508 -- getting rid of "nuisance lawsuits" appears dead
This morning's Gazette-Mail reported:
A bill that would shield natural gas drillers and other industries from certain types of lawsuits faces an uphill struggle for passage before the end of this year's legislative session, West Virginia . . .
Murray Energy spokesperson's Freudian slip confirms what many of us have long suspected
Yesterday's letters to the editor page featured a long letter from Murray Energy spokesperson Gary M. Broadbent as a response to a column written by the Vice-Chair of the WV Democratic Party, Chris Regan. Here's Broadbent's second paragraph:
Mr. Regan, in his attacks on state officials, both private, such as Mr. . . .
Among other topics, the Democratic candidates discussed fracking at yesterday's debate. According to Think Progress, their answers suggested different policies. Clinton said that she would support fracking under certain conditions:
Specifically, Clinton said that she would not support fracking when local communities don’t . . .
"60 Minutes" does its lead story on Don Blankenship
The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Ken Ward Jr. recently did an excellent two-part report at his Coal Tattoo blog trying to answer the question "who really runs West Virginia?" In his posts he points to energy, especially coal companies, which didn't surprise me. Today's morning papers did little to suggest otherwise.. . .
("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, . . .