Public Meeting on Proposed ECA Injection Well on Deckers Creek

by Duane Nichols on August 17, 2013

ECA Injection Well Proposed on Deckers Creek in Preston County

Letter from the FRIENDS OF DECKERS CREEK, August 2, 2013

Dear Friends and Partners:

We are writing to inform you of Friends of Deckers Creek’s opposition to a proposed Class II wastewater injection well being planned by the Energy Corporation of America (ECA) in the Deckers Creek watershed. The proposed well will be located less than one mile northwest of Masontown, between Sand Bank Road and Deckers Creek (Well#: Cascade 474, API#: 077-00170, Lat: 39.559727, Long: -79.810163).

The proposed well appears to be about 500 feet from Deckers Creek and just northwest of the Masontown rail trail parking area, also located on Sand Bank Road. We have the exact location since ECA plans to “repurpose” an existing conventional gas well as a Class II underground wastewater injection well. The Class II well would be used for the injection of wastewater from regional wells that have been horizontally drilled and hydraulically fractured. You can insert the latitude and longitude provided above into a Google map locator to find the exact location of the proposed well.

The attached letter details our basis for opposing this well. Please read the letter carefully. We feel it is important that all stakeholders understand our concerns. We plan numerous events to help inform the public and rally opposition to the proposed well. We will keep you informed of these events and activities and hope you can join us. We plan a public discussion and overview of the ECA well plans as part of the next FODC outreach meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2013, at WVU’s Agricultural Science Building (Room 1001) from 6:30p to 9:00p.

The outreach meeting also will include a screening of the critically-acclaimed film Green Fire about renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. If you have any questions, concerns and/or know of ways that we can better address this situation, please let us know.

Sincerely, Elizabeth Wiles, Executive Director, Friends of Deckers Creek, PO Box 877, Dellslow, WV 26531

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