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Proposed Well Pad Site on Floodplain Sends Doddridge Co. Residents, Commission To Court

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EQT was previously given permission to place a well pad with 12 wells on Joye Huff's property--an established floodplain in New Milton. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued the drilling permits several months ago, while the flood plain permit was issued by the Doddridge County Floodplain Coordinator.

Doddridge County Commission later revoked that permit after a flow of public outcry. That then prompted EQT to file a lawsuit against the County Commission.

EQT, County Commission and Joye Huff will be in court on Tuesday for the first hearing. Huff worries the floodplain permit could be reissued to EQT in her meadow.

"The edge of their well pad is within 20 feet of the river," said Joye Huff, a landowner in Doddridge County.

The farm has been in the Huff family for seven generations.

"We have a great deal of commitment to the preservation of the farm," Huff said.

The Doddridge County Floodplain Ordinance requires a minimum of 50 feet. The proposed site on Joye Huffs property is within 20 feet.

Huff's property flooded three times in the last eight years.

"The front edge of the well pad is just the side of that fence. The only thing that separates me from the well pad is the width of the road," Huff said.

The DEP told 12 News it is not responsible for issuing or enforcing floodplain permits.

"I think it was wrong for the DEP Oil and Gas to issue 11 well permits after they know that the county had revoked the floodplain permit," Huff said.

To view the Doddridge County Floodplain Ordinance, click the link to the right of the story.

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