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Public Hearing Set on Fayette Waste Wells' Permits


State regulators have scheduled a public hearing on a company’s application to renew permits for two underground injection wells in Fayette County.

Danny E. Webb Construction Inc. operates the wells at a facility near Lochgelly. The wells pump oil and gas drilling waste underground.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it will host a public hearing on the company’s permit renewal applications on Jan. 7 at Oak Hill High School. Written public comments will be accepted through Jan. 17.

Environmental organizations and some residents have said the company has a history of violations and the wells pose a threat to health, water resources and property values.

Webb has said he operated the wells legally.