Virginia’s new hydraulic press bill is a victory for coal miners

By JIM HENDERSON AND ANTHONY S. DANIELSAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina House’s hydraulic fracturing bill (all times local):4:15 p.m.

Virginia Rep. Tim Kaine says he has reached a deal with a Republican senator who says he will allow fracking in his state but will allow his constituents to have a say in the process.

Kaine said Thursday he’s working with Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, a former Republican senator from Warner, on a bill to allow the hydraulic fracturing of underground rock formations.

The Senate has not yet voted on the bill.

Kane says the agreement he reached with Warner “was for a limited period of time” and he will keep working to pass the bill through the House.

He says he expects the bill to be voted on this week.___9:30 p.p.m., Virginia Gov.

Terry McAuliffe says his administration is working with North Carolina officials to pass a new bill allowing hydraulic fracturing.

McAuliffe says he and his administration are working to draft a bill that allows the practice, which involves injecting high-pressure water and chemicals into underground rock to crack open shale formations.

Virginia Gov.

McAuliffe (D) says his office has contacted the state’s Republican leaders to begin discussions on the legislation.___10:45 a.m.: The North Carolina Senate is expected to pass an expanded version of a bill allowing fracking by the end of the week.

The measure would allow residents in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky to allow fracking under limited circumstances.

The bill, Senate Bill 762, was passed on Thursday by the House of Delegates and now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

The Senate has approved legislation to allow natural gas extraction from natural gas wells in Virginia.

The House approved a bill in March allowing the practice.___3:20 p.l.a.

The Virginia House passed legislation allowing the state to allow hydraulic fracturing for shale formations in the state.

The bill passed in a 24-17 vote Wednesday.

The House approved the bill on a party-line vote.___2:50 p.n.

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed an expanded bill allowing the use of natural gas in the fracking process, giving residents in the Tar Heel state the right to vote on whether to allow gas drilling.

The legislation passed in the House Wednesday.