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Property Owners in Doddridge County React to EQT's Lawsuit
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on September 27, 2013 @ 7:11PM
Created on September 27, 2013 @ 4:39PM

Thursday on 5 News we told you six property owners in Doddridge County received some bad news from EQT. The natural gas company is suing them over allegations that they sunk water wells at their thousand acre farm.

They allegedly did this to ruin the company's plans to put five gas wells there. We spoke with the property owners Friday and they told us that has nothing to do with it.

The owner's didn't seem happy about the possibility of EQT having a gas well on their property, but say they never had a plan to sabotage it. Apparently they didn't even know about the gas well when they made their water wells. EQT wants a federal judge to order landowner Charles Heaster to plug and abandon the water well.

The Heasters also had a plan to build a cabin on the site, for hunting purposes, but EQT wants them to drop all of those construction plans.

Under state law, gas companies can't drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring that we can use for drinking water.

The Heasters told 5 News they didn't want to comment anymore on this lawsuit until they received more information.

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