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Oil & Gas Industry Reacts to West Virginia Marcellus Shale Ban

by Kenneth E. DuBose on June 27, 2011

Let the battle begin. Looks like the Oil & Gas industry has its work cut out for it in the Marcellus Shale. Morgantown, WV, is now delaying drilling.

“The constitutionality of a West Virginia town’s new ban on Marcellus shale gas drilling within a mile of its borders is facing a court challenge.”

“The ordinance passed last week in Morgantown, W.Va. applies only to deep, horizontal gas wells and a practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Traditional vertical drilling into shallower formations would still be allowed, but only with a permit.”

“Media outlets report that Northeast Natural Energy sued the city last week in Monongalia County Circuit Court, requesting a temporary injunction to prevent the ordinance from going into effect. Chief Judge Russell Clawges denied the temporary restraining order without ruling on the larger arguments.”

Read the full article at businessweek.com

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