National Resources Defense Council

Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request this week to freeze implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan while the broader lawsuit moves forward.

  The National Resources Defense Council is asking federal environmental officials to strip the state's authority over underground injection wells for fracking waste.

Council attorney Matthew McFeeley made the request in a letter Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator.

The letter says injections occurring at two West Virginia wells are illegal and unauthorized, and both have expired permits.