WEST VIRGINIA CODE
WVC 5 B- 2 H- 2
§5B-2H-2. Legislative findings; declaration of public policy.
(a) The Legislature finds that:
(1) The advent and advancement of new and existing
technologies and drilling practices have created the opportunity
for the efficient development of natural gas contained in
underground shales and other geological formations.
(2) With development of the Marcellus shale comes the
opportunity for economic development in related areas of the
economy including, but not limited to, manufacturing, transmission
of natural gas and related products and the transportation of
(3) It is in the interest of national security to encourage
post-production uses of natural gas and its various components as
a replacement for oil imported from other countries.
(4) Producers of natural gas, transporters of natural gas and
manufacturers of products using natural gas face a significant
number of regulatory requirements, some of which may be redundant,
inconsistent, or overlapping. Agencies should work together, where
practical, to avoid duplication, promote better coordination and
reduce these requirements, thus reducing costs, simplifying and
harmonizing rules and streamlining regulatory oversight.
(5) In developing regulatory actions and identifying
appropriate approaches, agencies should attempt to promote
coordination, simplification, and harmonization.
(6) Agencies should also seek to identify, as appropriate, means to achieve regulatory goals that are designed to promote
(7) Agencies should review their existing significant
legislative, interpretive and procedural rules to determine whether
any such rules should be modified, streamlined, expanded or
repealed so as to make the agency's regulatory program more
effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory
(8) The West Virginia Economic Development Authority
established in article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of this code and
the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council
created in article fifteen-a, chapter thirty-one of this code,
should, where appropriate, provide assistance that grows or
sustains this segment of the economy.
(b) The Legislature declares that facilitating the development
of business activity directly and indirectly related to development
of the Marcellus shale serves the public interest of the citizens
of this state by promoting economic development and improving
economic opportunities for the citizens of this state.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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