Comments on the EQT Siting of 12 Gas Wells in Doddridge County, WV  

by S. Tom Bond on July 14, 2012

EQT has sited 12 wells in a flood plain in Doddridge county, which may involve 60,000 cubic yards of fill into the flood plain. There has been flooding 3 times in the past ten years in this area.  An illinformed county official OK’d the site, jeopardizing the chances of families from obtaining flood insurance all over the county. The reason the whole county is involved is that the insurance in the flood plain is federal, based on a requirement the county maintain a permitting system with certain rules.  You violate those rules, the county looses government support.

So the County Commission rescinded the permit, and EQT is suing.  . . . . . Now the WV DEP has granted permits for the wells.
These siting engineers pick places to put wells day after day.  Most articles about this siting finesse the situation.  They fail to mention the huge fill involved. Stories such as the one in The State Journal lead the reader to assume the pad surface will be at the level of the flood plain.  I surmise that the author of that story, Pam Kasey, was the victim of the finesse by getting misleading information, rather than the one who promulgated  it.
Since the pad was designed with a fill, the engineers undoubtedly knew there was a high water problem.  They also most probably knew the situation with regard to how it should have been handled, and likely the vulnerability of the County government.  And they must be familiar with federal law concerning flood plains.
This may be example of a bunch of aggressive sharpies, perhaps the engineers but more likely the executives in charge, simply trying to pull a fast one.  They understood the situation, but thought they might get by with it.
Once again, where was the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection when citizens need protection?
The site is at:   39.1476412048538 -80.7909470392214   which you can find on Google Maps.  The stream flows West.

SkyTruth has documented this Marcellus shale gas well and location here. You can also locate the adjacent wells in this facility.

S. Tom Bond, Farmer, Citizen, Lewis County, WV

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Yuri Gorby July 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Your vigilance is appreciated by many. Please keep up the good work. Those making decisions should be held accountable when the waters rise and spread contamination throughout the region.

Yuri Gorby
Associate Research Professor
Marine and Environmental Biology
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089


Jamii August 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Anne. PA has become the role model for what not to do.-Some good inevitably on the local level but statewide, the balance of power has shifted over to the frackers and their political buddies who are making it easier and cheaper to drill in PA.-Also check out issues around radiation and bromides.-And tax loopholes.-If Texas likes fracking, have at it!


Ray August 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Do everything you can to keep fracking from happening in your area. Once they are in, it is too late. In addition to the damage done to the air and the water, there are the issues of strained roads breaking down, social upheavals due to the presence of a lot of single men, the loss of rental property for poor people. (Landlords are kicking out poor people and renting to gas men), heavy traffic and the use of local water for both the frkciang and the return of questionable water. It is not worth it. Water is not a renewable resource. You cannot poison it and then say whoops! We have sold our environmental soul here in Pennsylvania.


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