WVDEP Releases Draft Shale Drilling Guidance Document
Morgantown Dominion Post
30 March 2009
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has released
draft guidance to better manage the oil and gas industry's appropriate
water use and disposal when drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.
The document was created by the Office of Oil and Gas and the Division
of Water and Waste Management at the request of Cabinet Secretary Randy
"New advancements in drilling technology have created increased
interest in exploring the Marcellus Shale formation in - New York,
Pennsylvania and recently in West Virginia," said Huffman. "What we are
concerned about is the increase in the amount of water used and the
disposal of waste water that results from using these new drilling
The document addresses the need for drillers to be diligent about
protecting the state's waters. It includes an addendum to the permit
application that is to be completed when more than 5,000 barrels of
water are to be used or disposed of. It advises drillers to consider
options for recycling the fluid resulting from the fracture process, as
well as the need for proper treatment of those waters before disposal.
A copy of the draft document is available for review at
Comments can be submitted until April 17 at www.DEP.Comments@wv.gov or
by mailing the Public Information Office at 601 57th St. SE,
Charleston, WV 25304.