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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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Comments (5)
Oct 01, 2013 at 4:57 PM
Yeah it's called not purchasing the mineral rights on your property. IF you don't own it; you can't have it. Simple as that. Grow up.
Oct 01, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Our 5 News Team only allows for the 'status quo' view on this topic obviously.

Third time I've commented; yet not once will this WDTV biased news outlet allow a different view; opinion; facts or insight. There's ALWAYS two sides to a story; unless the outlet you receive your news from has an ulterior biased motive!! I get it. Guess I'll move on over to a 'real' non-bias outlet.
Sep 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM
Just as I keep saying but WDTV refuses to print; if you do NOT own the mineral rights; you can't do anything about it. THEY own it; you must allow it. Law is the law. Don't like a law? Try to get it changed. Your best bet? Buy the mineral rights on your property.
Sep 28, 2013 at 7:12 AM
It 'works' because the landowners apparently do NOT own the minerals on that property!
Sep 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM
Wait.... EQT is going to sue someone because they did something on their OWN PROPERTY? How's this BS work?
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