Morgantown Passes Fracking Ban

The city of Morgantown recently passed a ban on fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing. The ban includes any type of horizontal drilling within city limits and within one mile of those limits. City council and local residents expressed concerns about the safety of Morgantown’s drinking water supply, which is drawn from the Monongahela River just downstream from where a current horizontal drilling site is located at the Morgantown Industrial Park.

Northeast Natural Energy filed lawsuit against the city hoping for a temporary injunction preventing the law from going into effect. Chief Judge Russell Clawges denied the injunction without deciding any of the actual merits of the case.

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Posted on June 30, 2011, in Legislation, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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