City Council has unimously introduced a package of zoning ordinances that would sevrely limit where shale wells could be drilled.
The regulations are up for a public hearing July 3. They would effectively limit drilling and hydraulic fracturing to about 2 percent of land within city limits, including airport property.
Wells could be drilled on West Virginia University land, but only if there's an educational or research purpose.
Council also repealed a drilling and fracking ban it passed last summer. It was overturned by a judge who ruled the city overstepped its legal authority.