Senate President Jeff Kessler hopes the Legislature will consider Marcellus shale regulation in December rather than wait until next year's regular session. He has the right idea.
Lawmakers have interim meetings Dec. 12, which leaves little time before Christmas. But Kessler is correct; West Virginia needs to get its house in order with respect to the shale gas opportunity.
The industry is already going gangbusters in some parts of the state. Kessler, D-Marshall, lives in the midst of this new drilling, and he knows the need for state regulation.
Earlier, a select committee of state senators and delegates reported a bill. Only Sen. Karen Facemyer, R-Jackson, did not sign on to the final proposal. Kessler wants to move on that proposal.
Everybody involved needs to sort the issues so everybody knows where things stand.
As Daily Mail Business Editor George Hohmann reported Friday, what's going on out in the field represents really big economic activity. Consider: