DEP shuts down Northern Panhandle gas well operation

GLEN EASTON, W.Va. — From the Charleston Gazette — Regulators have shut down a Chesapeake Energy gas well pad in Marshall County and declared the site an imminent danger to people.

The Intelligencer says the Department of Environmental Protection order affects the Ray Baker pad near Glen Easton.

It’s the same place where state and federal regulators are requiring Chesapeake to repair a land slip. The operation was previously cited for polluting streams.

DEP spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says the site has been a problem from the start.

Chesapeake’s Stacey Brodak says the company stopped work on the wells and began trying to fix the pad earlier this year, before last week’s order.

She says design and earth-moving work are likely to take at least a few months.

DEP says the repairs could take a year.

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