The State Journal is reporting that the West Virginia Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale approved three amendments this past week:  "One amendment, which passed by a 4-3 vote, would abolish the Oil and Gas Board and transfer its duties to the Department of Environmental Protection. The second would allow for public comment and hearings on gas well permits, while the third would increase the number of people who would have to be notified when a company plans to drill a well. Those two passed unanimously."

For more on the committee's work, see here.