WV Official: No Cases of Water Contamination from Fracking

frack here frack nowThe top oil and gas regulator in West Virginia said at a conference on Wednesday that he has not seen any confirmed cases of groundwater contamination from fracking in West Virginia.

During a natural gas engineering conference in Morgantown, James Martin, chief of the West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas, said he is unaware of any instance in which fracking has released methane into a drinking water well. Martin oversees the office, which is a division of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Martin emphasized, however, such a problem is not out of the question, so he urged the 200 drilling industry workers in attendance to ensure that gas wells are properly constructed and cased with steel and concrete.

"The casing of wells is getting more attention lately. This is one area I don’t think anyone wants to cut corners on," Martin said. "The casing is critical to overall development."*

*The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (Nov 3, 2011) – DEP: No Cases of Fracking Contamination