"No one would like to see that problem resolved as soon as possible more than I would," Tomblin said.
Supporters of both bills said Tuesday they are still pushing for a special session.
Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, said momentum for the OPEB plan could be lost if the Legislature does not act in the immediate future.
"We're 95 percent there," said McCabe, a key architect of the OPEB bill. "We agree on everything, except an initial source of funding into the OPEB trust fund."
Likewise, David McMahon, with the state Surface Owners Rights Organization, said it is critical to address Marcellus regulation immediately.
McMahon disagrees with Tomblin that DEP can effectively regulate Marcellus Shale drilling without changes in the law.
"The DEP can't make them meet with surface owners before they survey," McMahon said. "The DEP can't stop them from drilling 200 feet from somebody's porch."
Frequently, governors have called the Legislature back into special session briefly to take up any bills that were close to passage at the end of the regular session.
Today is the fourth day of an extended session to allow House and Senate budget conferees to complete work on the state's 2011-12 spending plan. Generally, the extended sessions last about one week.
Tuesday afternoon, the House and Senate budget conferees briefly met publicly for the first time to resolve the differences in the two versions of the budget bill.
The spending plan (HB2012) will appropriate a total of more than $11 billion of funds for the 2011-12 budget year, including more than $4 billion of tax revenue.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette or 304-348-1220.