"Drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale uses millions of gallons of water at each well. The water is mixed with sand and chemicals and pumped deep into the ground at very high pressure to fracture the rock and release the natural gas. Most of it never returns. ...“The majority of the water remains underground, permanently removed from the hydrologic cycle,” said Schmidt at a recent rally in the state Capitol. “It can never sustain life above ground again.”"
"This open letter is to ask for your participation in the upcoming public hearing held by the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the permitting of two Lochgelly horizontal hydrofracturing (frack) waste injection wells that have been operating out of compliance, and unpermitted, for over a year, and to apprise you of the surrounding issue. It may become a challenge for you because, though the problem of industrial dumping is affecting the health of WV citizens, most solutions are being blocked by those who finance lawmakers overseeing state agency budgets."