State Treasurer John Perdue Friday night challenged Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session of the legislature on May 15 to impose a moratorium on utility rate increases and establish regulations for the Marcellus Shale industry. Perdue made the statement during a debate in Martinsburg with Tomblin and other candidates running for Governor.
"Our seniors and small businesses can't afford these increases, yet Senate President Tomblin has been silent on the issue," said Perdue. "For many West Virginians, utility rates have increased 40 percent in the past year and the PSC will likely approve another rate hike Monday for West Virginia American Water Company."
Perdue said he was disappointed that the legislature failed to pass regulations for the Marcellus Shale industry.
"We can't wait until the next regular session in January to deal with the Marcellus Shale industry. Now is the time to ensure that we protect landowner rights, our water supply and our roads," said Perdue.
Perdue noted that the legislature will hold interim meetings beginning the day after the May 14 election and could pass legislation without additional cost to the state.