|Doddridge County, WV|
The three largest companies drilling in Doddridge County include Chesapeake Energy, Equitable Resources and Antero Resources. According to the State Journal, Doddrige County ranked third in 2011 (after Harrison and Wetzel Counties) in produced gas in West Virginia from horizontally drilled Marcellus wells. Gas extraction has accelerated dramatically in Doddridge since 2007 and it is showing no signs of slowing down.
While industry, and the jobs it brings, is welcomed, the fracking industry squeezes out other industries which are a part Doddridge County's history. Fracking has a heavy industrial footprint on the landscape: In addition to well pads, there are compressor plants and pipelines There is also housing for workers, typically trailer lots, hastily formed to take advantage of the situation. All of these things drive out other kinds of industry such as farming, the leasing of lands to hunters and tourism.