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Northeast Natural Energy Sues Morgantown WV Over Drilling Ban

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A Circuit Court Judged has denied a lawsuit filed by Northeast Natural Energy in Monongalia County Circuit Court requesting a temporary injunction be placed to prevent an ordinance passed last week in Morgantown to prevent deep, horizontal gas drilling, otherwise known as fracking.  Enrout Properties LLC has joined Northeast in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Morgantown ‘overreached’ its authority and is illegally depriving the companies and private landowners their rights. According to Business Week, Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne said the city is trying to protect its water supply and its residents, and that state legislators have failed to adopt regulations specific to fracking. He also said that state law gives authority to municipalities areas up to one mile outside city limits.

Northeast said in the lawsuit that “Morgantown neither sought nor received the consent of any of these municipalities,” referring to Westover, Blacksville, Granville and Star City, which all fall within a mile of the site. This means that if the ordinance passes, Northeast “will, ostensibly, be governed by three separate, inconsistent and irreconcilable regulations.”

Northeast continues operations, but has not yet begun to frack at the Morgantown site. disclaimer: This article: Northeast Natural Energy Sues Morgantown WV Over Drilling Ban was posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 7:54 pm at and is filed under Other Lawsuits.

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