Group asks EPA to strip state authority on wells

CHARLESTON (AP) — The National Resources Defense Council is asking federal environmental officials to strip the state’s authority over underground injection wells for fracking waste.

Council attorney Matthew McFeeley made the request in a letter Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The letter says injections occurring at two West Virginia wells are illegal, unauthorized and have expired permits.

It says the operator, Danny E. Webb Construction Inc., has a history of serious violations.

In a news release, McFeeley said neighbors near the Fayette County site have complained for years about water odors and changes in a nearby stream.

Danny Webb has said he has operated the well legally.

Spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said the state Department of Environmental Protection couldn’t comment on the specific case, since litigation is ongoing before the Environmental Quality Board.

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