Doddridge County Commission Denies EQT Drilling Permit
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on October 05, 2012 @ 11:01PM
Created on October 05, 2012 @ 6:50PM
The hearing between the Doddridge County Commission and EQT took place at about 4:00 Friday afternoon. Immediately after the meeting started, the commissioners went into an executive meeting. After about an hour, the commissioners denied the EQT's application for a floodplain permit.
The battle between Doddridge County and the EQT drilling company started in May after a permit was give to EQT and then was later revoked. The permit allowed them to drill 12 natural gas wells within acres of each other on private property. EQT then filed a lawsuit against Doddridge County when the permit was revoked after the floodplain manager realized homes and livestock would be endangered.
Also, FEMA got wind that the permit was granted without proper inspection. The landowners said they were afraid FEMA wouldn't help the county if drilling was done on a floodplain. EQT says the floodplain manager didn't have the authority to revoke the permit. EQT said they have already spent thousands of dollars in this protect and waiting is just costing them more.
In July, Doddridge County ruled to let their original decision stand, to keep the floodplain permit rather than give it back to EQT. Later, Doddridge County then agreed to let EQT present their information again to see if they are approved for the permit.
Over the past few months many meetings have taken place involving EQT, The Doddridge County Commission, Doddridge County FloodPlain Appeals Board, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
The commission and EQT will meet again on October 11th in court to confirm their final decision.
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