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State approves Rogersville Shale test well in Putnam County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hard Rock Exploration has received a state permit to drill a test well into the Rogersville Shale in Putnam County. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Department of Environmental Protection approved the permit for the vertical test well on Monday. Hard Rock plans to drill the well just south of Winfield’s town limits. The Rogersville Shale underlies ...

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Seismologists monitor northeastern Kentucky as companies show interest in fracking Rogersville shale

WEBBVILLE — If the continued interest in exploring for oil far below the surface of northeastern Kentucky ever results in a production boom, researchers will be ready to gauge the effect on earthquakes. Seismologists with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky are installing a network of highly sensitive seismic monitoring stations in the area this summer. Other ...

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Fracking debate may be on way to Kentucky


LEXINGTON, Ky. — The debate over hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to drill oil and natural gas wells, may be coming to Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports there’s been increased interest among oil and gas companies in areas of eastern and central Kentucky. Local officials told the newspaper that companies have signed hundreds of new oil and gas leases with ...

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Environmental concerns raised as oil companies take fresh look at fracking in Kentucky

There’s been little heat so far in Kentucky over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique of drilling for oil and natural gas that has caused division elsewhere in the country, but now the controversy has gushed up here. The potential to develop a vast underground shale layer that curves from the northeastern part of the state through Central Kentucky has ...

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Leases would allow fracking, documents show

Copies of leases from two companies seeking the mineral rights of the picturesque Red Lick valley specify that hydraulic fracturing would be used to extract hydrocarbon fuels from shale formations far below the surface. The Richmond Register obtained a copy of a proposed lease that a Red Lick resident said was offered to the property owner by Lexington Energy LLC. ...

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