CHARLESTON, W.V. – Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bob Beach (D-Monongalia) announced today that the Select Committee on Infrastructure will be meeting next week to discuss the oil and gas industry with regards to roadways in Northern West Virginia.
“This provides a rare opportunity for legislators outside of this region to see and hear about the unique road challenges and needs,” says Beach. “The oil and gas industry, while welcome and needed in West Virginia, is placing significant hardships on local roadways.”
Senator Beach, who also serves on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Highway Commission, says he spoke with Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) about this rare opportunity for such a meeting and they both agreed it was necessary.
“This will give committee members a broader perspective in the ultimate legislation they pass,” says Kessler. “Lawmakers will have the opportunity to see firsthand the effects of the Marcellus Shale boom on the area. They will see the much needed growth driven by the natural gas industry, but also the housing issues and damage to roadways.”
Beach says the West Virginia Department of Transportation will be on hand to answer questions and make recommendations to the committee. The meeting is scheduled for June 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at West Virginia Northern Community College.