Northeast Natural Energy begins fracking at controversial operations in Morgantown, West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia
September 30, 2011
– Hydraulic fracturing of a Marcellus shale gas well is under way at a controversial operation in Morgantown.
A Northeast Natural Energy spokesman said Friday the company has begun fracking the wells that prompted City Council to pass a drilling ban this summer. It was later shot down in court.
The wells have been targeted for protests by environmental groups and residents. Some worry about possible pollution from a site that's less than a mile from a drinking water intake.
The drilling ban was overturned in Monongalia County Circuit Court, and the city believed it had until mid-December to appeal.
But City Manager Terrence Moore tells the Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/p51XcK) that rules passed last year could be interpreted to allow only 30 days.
City Council hasn't decided whether to appeal.
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