EQT Corp. won a temporary victory in its continuing effort to defend against the potential shutdown of its 200 oil and gas wells and one wastewater injection well in Fayette County, West Virginia, after the District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia issued a preliminary injunction on February 8 enjoining the enforcement of a new county ordinance aimed at stopping all operation of oil and gas wells in Fayette.
On January 12, the Fayette County Commission adopted an ordinance banning the storing, disposing, handling, treating, and processing of gas or oil waste within the boundaries of Fayette County. The ordinance was created in response to citizen complaints about a wastewater injection well in Fayette County operated by Danny Webb Construction, another well operator in Fayette County seeking to enjoin the ordinance. After receiving a petition with 5,000 signatures pleading for a ban on wastewater wells in Fayette, the Commission began to develop the new ordinance. Drafting of the ordinance was headed by the West Virginia Mountain Party, a grassroots political party that believes the county has the right to protect its citizens from the alleged hazardous waste that comes from these wells. Continue Reading