Thursday, April 18, 2013

W.Va. DEP Cuts Time Period To Approve Horizontal Well Permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has made progress on its efforts to reduce the time it takes to review and approve a horizontal well drilling permit. DEP Secretary Randy Huffman says his agency has cut the average time to get a drilling permit to be about 75 days...instead of 110-130 days a year ago.  He also reported that permitting activity remains steady so far this year.  As of mid-April this year, the W.Va. DEP had received applications for 194 well permits and issued 168.  That compares to a total of 500 well permits being issued in 2011, which was the peak year.

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