Lochghelly Injection Well

Lochghelly Injection Well
12:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Environmental Quality Board Hears Complaints Against DEP Revocation Order in Fayette County

“These open pits were discovered by the DEP in 2004,” Rist said. “They were not part of any permit that had been issued. The DEP has done nothing about it. Until about two months ago, after this appeal was filed. Low and behold, all of sudden Danny Webb cleans up those pits.”
Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that revokes a waste disposal permit. Attorney Tom Rist is representing groups concerned about Danny Webb Construction's waste disposal operation in Fayette County.


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Groups Appeal Order
1:05 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

DEP Environmental Quality Board to Hear Concerns About Lochghelly Waste Permit/Site

On Thursday the DEP Environmental Quality Board is expected to hear arguments from Tom Rist and the Rist Law Office is representing the Natural Resource Defense Council, WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization, Plateau Action Network, and citizen Brad Keenan.

The groups are concerned about the permitting process of an underground injection well as well as the oil and gas waste disposal site in Fayette County.

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Environment
11:22 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Was This Fayette County Waste Pit Leaking?

Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Danny Webb Construction began shutting down above ground pits last month in Fayette County that held oil and gas waste. The waste likely came from horizontal drilling operations.

In a more recent development, the DEP says a tank that was holding some of that waste, leaked during the process, but was cleaned up.

Concerned citizens have been expressing concerns with this particular operation for years.

Environmental groups ran some tests last year and while results have turned up inconclusive, it still raised red flags.


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West Virginia Morning
8:33 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Is a Fayette Co. Waste Pit Dangerous?, The Future of New Power Plants in W.Va. & More

An update on a Fayette County waste pit, as DEP data suggests that before the pit was shut down, it had been leaking.  There’s been much deliberation over the last week regarding new Environmental Protection Agency proposals for regulating coal fired power plant carbon emissions, but, there are also proposals on the table for how to regulate future power plants, and some are asking whether any new ones will be built again in West Virginia. Also, Grow Ohio Valley hopes to widen the local food economy in the Northern Panhandle.  

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Lochghelly Injection Well
4:15 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Leak Found at Fayette Frack Waste Site

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  Updated June 6, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says the leak occurred in a tank carrying oil and gas waste from the above ground pits and not a pipe.

The DEP says about 20 to 30 gallons spewed for two to three hours through a pinhole in a joint weld.

The DEP says the "failure in the line" was above ground.

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Lochghelly Injection Well
7:45 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Work Underway to Close Fayette Fracking Waste Pit

Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says materials from a pit holding waste of the oil and gas industry, including fracking waste, is being taken to the Raleigh County landfill. The DEP says work is underway to reclaim above ground waste pits months after the state agency ordered it shut down.

The pits were used to remove sediments from the oil and gas waste before injecting underground.

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Lochghelly Injection Well
8:08 am
Fri March 14, 2014

W.Va. DEP Orders Fayette Co. Frack Waste Permit Revoked

Above ground waste pits sit close to the underground injection wells in Fayette County.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has ordered a permit for an underground injection well in Fayette County to be revoked.

The DEP renewed the permit for a class two (UIC), or underground injection control disposal well owned by Danny Webb Construction on February 6.

The permit allows the company to accept fluids from oil and gas exploration, development drilling, and production fluids for another five years. 

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Environment
5:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Groups Appeal Lochghelly Injection Permit

Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A law office in Fayette County says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection violated state and federal law.

The Rist Law Office in Fayetteville wants the DEP to reverse a permit for an underground injection well the DEP granted for Danny E. Webb Construction Incorporated. Residents have been concerned about this site in Lochghelly for years.  

According to court documents, the Rist Law Office is representing the Natural Resource Defense Council, the West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization, the Plateau Action Network and citizen Brad Keenan.

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Lochghelly Injection Well
12:13 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Fayette Fracking Waste Permit Granted, National Group Reacts

Above ground waste pond sits close to the underground injection wells in Fayette County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The Natural Resource Defense Council is disappointed with the state Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to renew a permit for an underground injection well in Fayette County.

The permit allows Danny Webb Construction to accept fluids from oil and gas exploration, development drilling, and production fluids for another five years.

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Underground Injection Well
4:12 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

DEP Orders Fayette County Waste Pit Shutdown, Renews Well Permit

Brown liquid covers the outside of the waste pit on Danny Webb Construction's site. Residents have been concerned the pit is leaking for years.
Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has renewed a permit for an underground injection well in Fayette County that accepts fracking water and other waste.

A public hearing in 2013 brought concerned residents and former workers of Danny Webb Construction, the owner of the site. Residents have been concerned about the site for years.

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