Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 01, 2012 @ 11:38PM
Created on October 01, 2012 @ 10:52PM
About 12 environmental groups are asking county commissions and city councils to support a statewide moratorium on new Marcellus Shale gas permits.
The chairman of the West Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club addressed the Preston County Commission on Monday to ask for their support for a moratorium, citing health and environmental safety concerns.
A bill was passed last December by the legislature with regulations on the industry. The Preston County Commission did not support the environmentalists' requests saying it would not support any measures that threatened jobs in the county.
"The reason to come here to this commission is because their highest responsibility is to protect the citizens of Preston County, their homes, their families, their property," said Jim Sconyers, chair of the state's Sierra Club.
The commission president says member don't support the moratorium.
"It's not well received here in Preston County and especially not by this commission who is pro-extraction. We've worked with and developed a lot of extraction industries here in this county and we want to continue to work with those industries," explained Commission President Craig Jennings.
Any moratorium would have to come from the state government level.
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