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House, Senate leaders urge delay on inspections in West Virginia aboveground tank law

Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:17 PM EDT

State House and Senate leaders are urging the governor to call a special session to delay part of an aboveground storage tank law.

House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call the session during next month's interim meetings. They're slated for Sept. 8-10.

Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman acknowledged a special session may be best to address the situation, but didn't commit to one. He said Tomblin's staff and environmental agency are working with stakeholders on a solution.

Miley and Kessler said the Jan. 1 deadline for tank inspections in the law is unattainable.

The law reacts to a January chemical spill that contaminated 300,000 people's tap water for days.

Miley has said tank requirements would overly burden small oil and gas operators.


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