Published Thu, Mar 15, 2012 5:08 am Dateline
West Virginians interested in oil and gas drilling plans can now study permits and get other details online.
The Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Oil and Gas has launched a website with information on horizontal drilling operations. The site was mandated under legislation passed in December.
It gives the public a way to review and comment on permits, and to read what others say. People can also sign up to be notified when a new permit arrives.
The DEP's James Martin says that more documents will become available as the agency receives more applications.
Eventually, people will be able to see where a well would be located, what geologic formation it's targeting, the date the permit was issued and whether the well has been completed.