- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - A panel appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is holding its second meeting to study safety within the oil and natural gas industry.

The Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety Commission plans to meet Wednesday at the West Virginia state office building in Fairmont.

The commission includes legislators and the secretaries of the departments of Environmental Protection, Commerce, Transportation and Military Affairs and Public Safety.

The panel is tasked with helping state officials determine how to best protect workers and how to ensure that workers have proper training and skills.

Its next meeting will be Sept. 16 in Wheeling.

The group faces a Nov. 16 deadline to issue its final report.

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