1st District Foes Differ On Marcellus Regulation

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Wheeling, W.Va. (AP) -- The candidates for the 1st District seat in the House of Representatives have different views on how to best regulate a key part of the region's economy -- marcellus shale gas drilling.

Democrat Mike Oliverio told the Intelligencer of Wheeling the federal government should take the lead on protecting groundwater from pollution and roads from destruction.

Republican David McKinley says there are too many federal restrictions on West Virginia industries already, and regulation is best left to the states.

West Virginia is experiencing an economic boom as gas companies rush to tap the marcellus reserves that underlie the state.

Companies must use unconventional horizontal drilling techniques, and there is growing concern about possible water pollution.

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