Appellate Justice Says State Agency Has ‘Sole’ Authority To Regulate Gas Wells

(November 10, 2023, 11:41 AM EST) -- CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A state appeals court justice in West Virginia has reversed a lower court ruling and held that a city cannot hinder a hydraulic fracturing operator’s ability to begin drilling once the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has issued a permit.  The justice said a city’s approval scheme is in direct conflict with state law that vests the WVDEP with “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the “permitting” and “location” of horizontal gas wells....

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