Drilling company ordered to stop operations

By Harmon Marks | Apr 21, 2011

MADISON - A Spencer-based drilling company was ordered to cease operations at its permitted gas well site located two miles south of Madison because it failed to provide erosion and sediment control that led to a severe wash-out of an access road and pollution of fresh water.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection presented violations of State laws governing oil and gas activity in Boone Circuit Court against DD OIL CO., also known as David Dale dba DD Oil Company. DD got a permit Aug. 27, 2010, to drill a gas well known as "Bradshaw 1" in Washington District.

A complaint was received last March 11 by the State DEP saying "Well road washing down hill into river ..." DEP personnel determined "sedimentation and other debris has entered the Spruce Fork of the Coal River."

Attorney Jody C. Jones filed the DEP's Application for Injunctive Relie on March 29. Judge William S. Thompson granted Preliminary Injunction April 7.

Boone Circuit Court case number 11-C-59

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