"There's good ones and there's bad ones," the Braxton County Democrat said. "But as a whole, I think the industry tries to do a good job."
Jim Sconyers of the Sierra Club said Facemire was trying to skew people's perception when he said well sites are eventually reclaimed.
"What he didn't want anybody to be thinking of later is that [drillers] come back two years later and do the fracking again," he said. "The scars are renewed again."
Sconyers said Facemire acted like "a spokesperson for the gas industry, not for the citizens of West Virginia."
Facemire said he is "in no way a spokesman for the industry."
"I'm not an oil and gas man," said Facemire, who owns grocery stores. "I'm a grocer."
Committee members will meet again at the beginning of August.
Co-chairman Delegate Tim Manchin, D-Marion, said he expects that House members will try to add stronger provisions to the Senate bill.
He said he's pleased with Tomblin's executive order, but said lawmakers would continue work on a permanent bill.
"We're not going to feel constrained by that," he said.
Among many other things, the House and Senate have disagreed on distances that operators can drill from residents' homes and wells, and notice to property owners.
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