EQT Corp. sues six West Virginia landowners over water wells on planned gas well site

EQT sues six landowners over water wells on planned gas well site by Associated Press, September 26, 2013
EQT Corp. is suing six West Virginia property owners who subverted the company’s plans to put five gas wells on a 1,000-acre farm by sinking water wells on the site first. Under state law, gas companies can’t drill within 250 feet of an existing water well or spring used for human consumption. Landowner Charles Heaster says he plans to build a cabin on the site. He says he doesn’t want EQT to destroy another 50 acres of his farm near West Union. Pennsylvania-based EQT wants a federal judge to issue an injunction ordering Heaster to plug and abandon the water well, and drop his construction plans for the cabin. Heaster says he’d been waiting five years for EQT to decide whether it would drill, and he couldn’t wait any longer.

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