Pocahontas Commissioner Talks With Wetzel County Resident Happy With Mineral Lease

Wileyville, Wv – As the Pocahontas County Commissioners toured Marcellus Shale drilling sites in Wetzel County in September, they heard from plenty of people not happy with the noise and increased traffic drilling has brought to these picturesque mountain ridges. But when the tour stopped to get a drink at the Fish Creek convenience store, they happened upon Randy McDowell, a Wetzel County resident who has leased the mineral rights on his family farm. Commissioner Martin Saffer spoke with McDowell about how the drilling has affected him.

McDowell says Chesapeake Energy has donated a lot of money to the community. He admits there was a great deal of noise involved in the drilling process on his farm, but says it doesn’t bother him, although he acknowledges that others don’t share that opinion. McDowell says he’s seen no adverse affects to his family, farm or livestock as a result of the drilling.

Please click on the above link to listen to the conversation between Commission Saffer and Mr. McDowell.

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