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Tomblin Considering Converting State Fleet to Natural Gas

West Virginia’s newfound abundance of natural gas has the Governor looking into switching part of the state’s vehicle fleet from gasoline and diesel to natural gas. Governor Tomblin plans to order a cost-benefit analysis on the subject soon. 13 state governors have declared their support for converting their fleets and sent a signed letter to auto makers encouraging development of natural gas vehicles.

The last time West Virginia officially entertained the idea of fleet conversion was in the 1990’s.

Tomblin Signs Mine Safety Bill

Governor Tomblin and House Speaker Thompson celebrated mine safety legislation recently passed and signed by Tomblin. The legislation is in response to the Upper Big Branch disaster in Raleigh County that killed 29 miners in April, 2010. Read the rest of this entry

Tomblin to Speak at Marcellus Drilling Conference

Governor Tomblin will be speaking at two separate conferences hosted by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. The conferences will discuss Marcellus drilling and related concerns such as training, environmental concerns, taxes, infrastructure and investments. The WVMA hopes to offer an opportunity for business and industry leaders to learn more about the Marcellus shale drilling process as a whole. Read the rest of this entry

US Senate Confirms Gina Groh to Fill Empty Federal Judge Seat in Northern WV

The Northern District of West Virginia has a new federal judge. Gina Groh was confirmed by the US Senate by a 95-2 vote on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Groh grew up in the Eastern Panhandle and was appointed to the 23rd judicial circuit court by Governor Joe Manchin. She also spent 8 years as a prosecuting attorney. Groh graduated from the WVU College of Law. Read the rest of this entry

WV Passes Exotic Animal Laws, Requires Permits

The legislature recently passed SB477, which makes owning “exotic animals” a privilege, not a right. What exactly is an exotic animal? Well, that’s up to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

Delegate Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, says that “the phrase that comes to mind is ‘lions, tigers and bears, oh my!'” However, the Department could hypothetically decide whatever they choose. “This has drawn furor of some people who own exotic and not so exotic pets. Quite frankly, their confidence in the rule-making procedure is not good.” Read the rest of this entry

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