EQT Sues Over Water Wells on Planned Gas Well Site
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 26, 2013 @ 6:17PM
Created on September 26, 2013 @ 1:36PM
Six property owners from across the state received some unwelcome news from EQT Thursday. The natural gas company is suing them over allegations that they sunk water wells at a thousand acre farm.
They allegedly did this to ruin the company's plans to put five gas wells there.
Under state law, gas companies can't drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring that we use for drinking water.
Landowner Charles Heaster says he plans to build a cabin on the site and he doesn't want EQT to destroy another 50 acres of his farm near West Union.
Pennsylvania-based EQT wants a federal judge to issue an injunction ordering Heaster to plug and abandon the water well, and drop his construction plans for the cabin.
Heaster says he'd been waiting five years for EQT to decide whether it would drill, and he couldn't wait any longer.
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