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Wellsburg Bans Gas Drilling, Fracking

Source : Charleston Gazette

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — A Northern Panhandle city is saying no thanks to natural gas drilling and the revenue it can provide.

Media outlets report that Wellsburg City Council voted Tuesday night to ban drilling and fracking within 1 mile of the city limits. The ordinance extends the ban outside Wellsburg’s limits because of concerns about the city’s drinking water.

City Solicitor Bill Cipriani says state law allows cities to extend their authority within a mile outside their borders if necessary.

Chesapeake Energy objected to the ban. Chesapeake is among the many companies rushing to tap the Marcellus shale reserve.

Other local governments in West Virginia have signed deals with drilling companies, including McMehen, Wheeling, Morgantown and the Marshall County school district.