Gas Drilling to Start Near Dunkard Creek

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is approving two permits that will allow natural gas drilling near Dunkard Creek. The streamís watershed includes Pennsylvaniaís Greene County and West Virginia. The drilling permits take into account that there was a massive fish kill in the creek nearly two years ago, so the company must follow strict rules when operating there. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ben Adduchio reports.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is approving two permits that will allow natural gas drilling near Dunkard Creek. The stream's watershed includes Pennsylvania's Greene County and West Virginia. The drilling permits take into account that there was a massive fish kill in the creek nearly two years ago, so the company must follow strict rules when operating there. West Virginia Public Broadcastingís Ben Adduchio reports.

Northeast Natural Energy, from Charleston, will sink two wells near Pentress.

The property rests along Dunkard Creek, which experienced a fish kill in 2009 that wiped out fish and mussels.

Kathy Cosco with the Department of Environmental Protection says the company will use a closed loop system and will use Dunkard Creek for some of the water it needs to operate.

"They will only be allowed to withdraw as long as the stream can handle it, and if the time comes that the stream is getting too low, and it will affect the conductivity level in the stream, then we will direct them elsewhere," Cosco said.

The company must establish two stations on the creek to monitor water quality.

Work is expected to start soon.