Senate passes cracker
January 26, 2012 ·
When Governor Earl ray Tomblin arrives in Houston Texas to convince a major corporation to build a massive natural gas refining plant in our state, he has some new ammunition available
While it normally takes weeks of committee hearings and days
of floor action, the “cracker” bill passed in minutes. The Senate actually approved the measure
passed by the House Monday without any changes. Senator Roman Prezioso, the
Finance Chairman, urged members to move quickly.
“This is probably one of the
most important bills we’ll consider this session, We’re going to move this bill
through as quickly as possible to give the governor the opportunity to
negotiate the possibility of one or two cracker plants in the State of West
Virginia,” Prezioso said.
The rules requiring 3 days consideration were quickly
dispensed with and the measure passed unanimously. Raleigh County Senator Mike Green’s committee
worked on cracker issues much of last year.
“I think it’s going to be a game
changer for the State of West Virginia.
What this does is give the governor the opportunity and the leverage to go meet
with these corporations and let them know that we are committed to bring this
facility here to West Virginia and willing to do what’s best not only for the
industry but also for the state of West Virginia and its residents,” concluded
Senate President Jeff Kessler says this action puts West
Virginia miles ahead of neighboring states Pennsylvania
and Ohio whose legislatures have
taken no action to lure cracker plants.
“I’m hopeful it sends a strong signal
that West Virginia, its Governor,
its Legislature are literally willing to move mountains if need be to get one
of these crackers or more in West Virginia. I think we’ve shown a commitment to the
industry and to setting up a fair and efficient regulatory framework last month
when we did the special session on Marcellus.
"Now we’ve shown we’re willing to
make the necessary adjustments to our tax code to make us competitive in that
regard as well. The message is we not
only want to win one or more of them here but they’ll flourish when they get
here, “ Kessler said.