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West Virginia's oil and gas fields are surging
|More than twice as many gas and oil drilling permits are being issued in West Virginia today than 10 years ago, reflecting a renewed interest in natural resource exploration due to surging gas and oil prices.|
As of Wednesday, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued 1,332 drilling permits this year. That's on par with numbers from 2006 and 2007.
In 1999, only 649 permits were issued within that timeframe.
Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, said sky-high oil and gas prices have contributed to the high drilling activity in the state.
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