A public hearing on two permit renewal applications for an underground injection control (UIC) facility near Lochgelly in Fayette County has been rescheduled for Feb. 19. The hearing was initially scheduled for Jan. 7 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather conditions.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection – pursuant to Title 47, Series 13, Section 24.b.1 of West Virginia Legislative Rules – will host the public hearing. It is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Hill High School, located at 350 West Oyler Ave. Public comments will be taken orally at the hearing and in writing through March 1. An information station will also be set up at which DEP representatives will respond to questions about the permit applications and the application review process.
The applicant is Danny E. Webb Construction Inc. The Danny Webb Construction facility, known as the North Hill Plant, operates two commercial class II UIC wells where fluids associated with oil and natural gas production are injected. If approved, the permits for the two wells (draft permit numbers 2D0190460 and 2D0190508) would be valid for five years.
Public comments on the proposed permit renewals will be considered by the DEP before the agency decides whether to approve or deny the permit applications.
The contact information for submitting written comments follows.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Oil and Gas
Attn: Justin Nottingham, UIC Comments
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Fax: 304-926-0452, Attn: Justin Nottingham, with “UIC Comments” written near the top.
Email: Justin.E.Nottingham@wv.gov with “UIC Comments” in the subject line.
The application draft permits and any required fact sheets are on file and may be inspected, by appointment, or copies obtained at a nominal cost, at the Office of Oil and Gas, 601 57th Street SE in Charleston between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on business days. Also, the permit applications, draft permits and fact sheets for each may be downloaded here.
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