Shale Energy Law Blog
New Director of WV Division of Natural Resources Appointed
January 6, 2015
As reported by The State Journal, Robert A. Fala has been appointed to serve as the director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (“WVDNR”), effective January 1, 2015. Fala was appointed by WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and will replace Frank Jezioro, who served as director since 2005 and retired on December 31, 2014. Fala began his career with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has recently held positions with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the WVDNR Natural Resource Commission. The WVDNR controls bids for the leasing of state game lands, such as the Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County, WV, and administered the recent leasing of West Virginia’s oil and gas interests underlying the Ohio River.