Northeast begins drilling second Morgantown gas well

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A Charleston company is drilling a second Marcellus Shale gas well in Morgantown and plans to hydraulically fracture the first one in September. Morgantown Utility Board manager Tim Ball says Northeast Natural Energy had planned to frack the first well along the Monongahela River in August but pushed back its plan.
The Dominion Post says the board is monitoring the work less than a mile from a city drinking water intake.Morgantown recently passed an ordinance to ban Marcellus gas drilling and fracking within city limits and up to a mile beyond. Northeast sued, claiming the city is overreaching its legal authority.A hearing on Northeast's request for a preliminary injunction to keep the city from enforcing its ban is set for Aug. 17 in Monongalia Circuit Court.
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