Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the Legislature sent a message this week to the petrochemical industry and other job-creators: West Virginia has its act together.
The governor and the Legislature tackled regulations for shale drilling with a view to protecting the environment and the interests of surface landowners.
Balancing the interests of those groups - environmentalists, drillers and surface owners - took some doing. But the state's politicians were up to the task.
Not only did the Legislature pass a bill, it passed it 33-0 in the Senate and 92-5 in the House.
This new law is not perfect - no new law is - but it will be tweaked.
However, the ground rules are established. Businesses need to know what the rules of the game will be, and West Virginia has provided them.
The $10,000 permit fee for a well, plus $5,000 for each additional well on the same pad, will pay for 17
more state well inspectors and permit reviewers in the Department of Environmental Protection.
Applications for drilling permits will be published in legal ads in local newspapers and online. Wells will not be allowed within 625 feet of a house.
Lawmakers staved off pressure from labor unions to require companies to supply detailed records of the state of origin of the people they hire.