Thursday, March 19, 2009

WVA DEP seeks comments on Marcellus shale drilling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Department of Environmental Protection announced it is seeking public comment on a draft document that addresses drillers' water use and disposal in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Department secretary Randy Huffman said in a prepared statement, "New advancements in drilling technology have created increased interest in exploring the Marcellus Shale formation in New York, Pennsylvania, and recently in West Virginia. What we are concerned about is the increase in the amount of water used and the disposal of wastewater that results from using these new drilling techniques."
The department will accept comments about the document until April 17. The document can be viewed online at Comments about the draft can be submitted by e-mail to or mailed to the Public Information Office at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    We posted our comments to this Guidance document and several others did as well. Our comments (and the Guidance) can be downloaded from our website ( The West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization's comments can be downloaded from their website ( The West Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club and other organizations also filed comments ( There's been no indication yet that our comments or others' have been accepted.





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