WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) - Doddridge County's moratorium on permits allowing drilling in the floodplain has been lifted.
The County Commission also has agreed to settle a company's court challenge of the moratorium.
The Exponent Telegram reports that the commission voted Tuesday to lift the moratorium and approve the settlement with Jay-Bee Oil and Gas.
The commission imposed the moratorium last December.
Jay-Bee has reapplied for a floodplain permit.
Attorney Don Tennant has served as the commission's legal counsel in floodplain matters. He told the commission that the company would dismiss its legal action if it's granted a permit. But the case could remain active if the permit is denied.
A status hearing on the case is set for Aug. 12 in Doddridge County Circuit Court.
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