Fayette County Considers Oil & Gas Waste Ban

Jan 8, 2016

Fayette County Courthouse
Credit A.E. Crane, National Scenic Byways Online

Fayette County Commission will meet next week to consider banning the storage, disposal, or use of oil and natural gas waste. 

Community members will present a petition with 5,000 hand-written signatures that support what would be the first county-wide ban on oil and gas waste in West Virginia. It will be the second and final reading of the ordinance. If passed, violations will be punishable by civil and criminal penalties.

The ordinance would shut down underground injection wells, or prevent them from accepting oil and gas waste, including a site that has been fraught with problems operated by Danny Webb Construction in Lochgelly.

The meeting is scheduled for 9am on January 12th and the Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville. After the meeting, community leaders will be talking about experiences living near injection well sites, including enforcement troubles they’ve seen.