"We don't like the bill at all. It was the industry's bill. We are going to have to go to court to challenge it."
Malcolm called the new legislation a "compromise bill" that benefits all sides.
"It allows the DEP, and not the Legislature, to write the rules about the more complex aspects of drilling, which are highly scientific."
The gas drilling industry, Malcolm said, supports new safety and environmental standards included in the bill.
"The bill requires disclosure of chemicals and additives used during the fracking process."
But Malcolm criticized the bill for higher permit fees and a more complicated application process.
"Today, it costs $450 to apply for a drilling permit. Under the new bill, it will cost $10,000 for the first well and $5,000 for each additional well," Malcolm said.
"In Pennsylvania, it costs $3,500 to apply for a permit. In Ohio, it costs between $500 and $1,000."
Malcolm also criticized the new legislation for lengthening the time to process permit applications and to solicit public comments.
"In Pennsylvania, it takes seven days to get a permit. In West Virginia, it takes between 120 and 150 days, and this law will extend that."
Garvin criticized drilling companies "for spending millions to bring in out-of-state workers. You can't find a motel room in Wetzel County."
Malcolm asked, "What's wrong with out-of-sate workers? My father came here from Wyoming in the 1950s to get into the oil business."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.