Babst Calland: Gov. Tomblin Forms The West Virginia Commission On Oil And Natural Gas Industry Safety

By Briana J. Marino

On July 9, 2015, Governor Tomblin announced the formation and appointment of members to the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety.  Publicized during Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address in early 2015, the Commission is charged with “reviewing current federal and state oil and natural gas workplace safety regulations and provid[ing] recommendations for improving workplace safety” according to the State Journal.  The Commission is comprised of secretaries of the DEP, Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Transportation, and Public Safety, among others, as well as members of the natural gas industry and labor representatives.  The Commission is to issue its first report on or about November 16, 2015.

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