Northeast Natural Energy Plans More Gas Wells in Monongalia County

by Duane Nichols on March 27, 2014

On the Mason-Dixon Line

One new Pad located above Marion County line north of Fairview

From an Article by David Beard, Morgantown Dominion Post, March 25, 2014

Northeast Natural Energy, which operates two Marcellus shale wells at the Morgantown Industrial Park, has applied to drill four more horizontal gas wells in Monongalia County.

Two proposed wells, called Yost Heritage 5H and 9H, would be located on a pad above the Marion County line north of Fairview along WV Route 218, Daybrook Road, according to information from the WV Department of Environmental Protection.

The other two, called Beach 6H and 10H, lie just east of Pentress and south of WV Route 7. If approved, this would make four total wells permitted for the Beach pad. Beach 2H and 4H were permitted earlier this month.

Daybrook Road connects Fairview to Blacksville. The land surface is owned by Yost Heritage Inc, whose president and vice president are David and Dennis Yost, according to information from the secretary of state’s office.

Yost Heritage Inc. also has applications in to WV-DEP for two horizontal wells, neither Marcellus, on a nearby pad: Yost Heritage 1, targeted for the Fifty-Foot formation; and one Yost Heritage H1, targeted for the Benson formation.

Northeast’s two wells at the Morgantown Industrial Park are producing gas, as are two on its Statler pad east of Blacksville on the north side of WV Route 7. Northeast has permits for three more wells on the Statler pad.

NOTE: Some 20,000 fish plus the entire mussel population of Dunkard Creek were killed by a “golden algae” bloom in September of 2009.  Given water pollution from the Federal No. 2 (Eastern Associated), Blacksville II (Murray Coal Co.), many surface mines and closed mines plus the Shannopin mine and others, this stream runs high in total dissolved solids and other pollutants. Now we find that WV and PA continue to permit shale drilling and fracking in the Watershed, on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.  The recent huge fire at the Chevron pad in Greene county was within this Watershed.

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