Groups raise concerns as W.Va. gas expo begins

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) — Several environmental groups are voicing their opinions about natural gas drilling on the heels of a West Virginia conference on the topic.

The groups are gathering as an industry conference on the topic begins Sunday at the Greenbrier Resort.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and others are attending the three-day “Marcellus and Utica Shale Conference and Expo.” According to the Greenbrier website, the conference’s main themes include the future of natural gas and leveraging its value, as well as navigating legislative rules.

Environmental groups are designating Sunday as “Fossil Fool’s Day.” They say the development of natural gas pose dangers to the environment and people.

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