For the fist time ever, officials in West Virginia have come to an agreement to allow fracking under the Ohio River. It will happen on about 474 acres of land beneath the river in Marshall and Wetzel Counties.
The deal was reached between the state of West Virginia and Statoil. The company has agreed to pay an average price of $9,000 per acre. The state will receive 20 percent production royalties.
Leasing state-owned land for hydraulic fracturing is a new venture for the state. Many people said they are worried about the effects.
“To me, knowing what I know about fracking in general, you know it seems like it could effect the quality of the water,” said Patricia Thibeault of Moundsville.
Fish Creek resident Robin Hoyt agreed. “I think its a little dangerous myself. It could get into the water system, or different things if it would break and it scares me a little bit. All of the gas scares me a little bit because there is just so much of it and so many places now,” she said.
Department of Commerce spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby told the Associated Press that the state is still finalizing drilling agreements with Gastar Exploration and Noble Energy.