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Pa. gas driller sues Doddridge County over permit

WEST UNION, W.Va. -- A gas company is suing Doddridge County officials for revoking a flood plain permit after it spent $300,000 on the permitting process.

Pittsburgh-based EQT is seeking an injunction in circuit court so it can proceed with plans for 12 wells.

WDTV-TV reported that the permit was revoked after the county's flood plain manager realized homes and livestock were vulnerable.

EQT said the county and the state Department of Environmental Protection granted permits, and the manager had no authority to revoke them. The manager also sits on the County Commission.

Landowner Joye Huff called EQT's actions rude, stubborn and intimidating.

Huff said the Federal Emergency Management Agency pointed out the potential problems and the flood plain manager had no choice but to withdraw the permit.

County commissioners declined comment.


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