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Driller agrees to halt gas flaring in W.Va. county

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Posted: Mar 8, 2012 5:00 AM

Updated: Mar 8, 2012 5:01 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) A Texas company has agreed to stop gas flaring at three wells in West Virginia by May 31 and pay a $50,000 civil penalty to resolve violations.

Dallas-based Bluescape Resources also agreed in a recent consent order to monitor the exploration wells in Nicholas County for visible emissions and to convert the flare to a horizontal configuration.

State laws limit natural gas flaring to 30 days per year. The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/wkL873 ) that Bluescape Reources has been flaring gas from the wells for six months without a permit.

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Quality issued a notice of violation in October in response to citizen complaints. Bluescape said it had been told that permits weren't needed.

The company applied for a temporary permit in November.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

Topics: Drilling-Flare Violations

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