3 Doddridge County Water Wells Potentially Impacted By Antero Drilling
A cease and desist order remains in effect at an Antero well pad in Doddridge County after an incident that released methane gas into the ground in September 2014, potentially negatively impacting three residential water wells.
Antero drilled a well and came in contact with an adjacent well on Antero's Primm Pad. The well and pad are located on Oxford Road, in the West Union area of Doddridge County. While drilling the "Stella 1h" well, which was approved for drilling Sept. 1, Antero came in contact with the "Callie 2h" well at about 621 feet in depth, according to information from the DEP. While the extent of damage is currently unknown, methane gas was released from the Callie 2h well.
Recent test results show that only three wells could potentially be impacted.
The homeowners where the three wells are located continue to receive water supplied by Antero, along with three others nearby who have requested the water as a precaution, pending further test results.
Antero is required to respond to a notice of violation by Nov. 15, which requires the company to show it has gained control of the well, to demonstrate it has the ability to safely resume operations and to prove it has contained any methane at the site.
Story from the WV State Journal
Local Organization in the News
Last week a reporter for WV Public Radio, Glynis Board, spent the day with WV Host Farms touring some of the locations that participate in the program.
The link below is the news story she published as result of her day with us. You can read the article and listen to the NPR radio report she gave of her visit with us.
WV Public Broadcasting article
Landlord in New Milton Arrested
The Doddridge County Sheriff's Department has arrested Thomas Junior Johns,age 74, of New Milton landlord accused of sexually assaulting a tenant.
Johns was renting a house to a woman and Johns is accused of forcing a woman which he rented a home to, to perform sexual acts on him and he also threatened to kick her out if she didn't cooperate, said the sheriff's department.The incidents happened from September 2013 until January 2014.
Johns is being held in Central Regional Jail. Additional charges against him are pending, said the sheriff's department.
ACLU of WV Addresses City of Parkersburg Recent Anti-Panhandling Actions
In recent days, the Mayor of the City of Parkersburg issued malevolent statements based entirely on stereotypes that target some of his city’s neediest inhabitants. The statements follow media attention around defamatory signs that the City put up at the Mayor’s direction. These signs falsely suggest that giving money to begging individuals – panhandlers – contributes to their purported drug and alcohol problem and has little to do with avoiding homelessness. The signs were placed around town at locations panhandlers are known to frequent.
Parkersburg’s hostile relationship with panhandling is not new. Over a year ago, following a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, the U.S District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily stopping the City of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Police Department from ticketing and prosecuting needy people for peacefully requesting charity in public places. Parkersburg’s anti-solicitation Ordinance violated the rights of individuals to engage in free speech. Because of the lawsuit and an ongoing settlement, the City recently voted to repeal the ordinance. However, following this repeal, the City Council promptly voted to enact another panhandling ordinance.
The plaintiff in the ACLU case is Charles Kelly, a disabled veteran, who is unable to work and relies on disability benefits for survival. When those benefits do not cover his modest monthly expenses, he goes to Parkersburg and peacefully holds a sign that says “Disabled Veteran, Please Help. God Bless.” Many people help Mr. Kelly by giving him food or money, or simply wish to learn more about Mr. Kelly’s service in the military and his current situation. A Parkersburg police officer issued Mr. Kelly a ticket for $137.00 for soliciting charity and took his sign. Of course, Mr. Kelly could not afford to pay the fine without begging for money and risking another expensive ticket.
Under the First Amendment of the Constitution, the government cannot punish any of us for the content of our speech simply because some find the message discomforting or annoying. In addition, the First Amendment extends to all citizens regardless of their financial resources. Prosecuting people because they are poor or homeless and in need of charity is not only wrong, it’s illegal.
Any legitimate concerns the City has for dangerous or criminal conduct by a few individuals can be addressed using existing laws that prohibit traffic obstruction or harassment, rather than punishing people for the words they speak or write on signs.
Thank You to Tammy Beamer who takes the time to record meetings for people who can't attend.
The Doddridge County Sheriff's Department is looking for two men; Harley Dakota Gray, wanted for a probation violation and Steven Lee Hughes, wanted on a third degree sexual assault charge and probation violations.
If you have any information on either man, you are asked to call the Doddridge County Sheriff's Department at 304-873-1944.
Former Pennsboro Assistant Fire Chief Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges
James Donald Robinson Jr., 29, formerly assistant fire chief of the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department, is charged with five counts of third degree sexual assault for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, according to Sgt. Clint Boring.
Since his arrest, Robinson no longer is with the fire department. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000.