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UPDATE: Doddridge County Family Worries About Gas Drilling Near Home Following Traumatic Brain Injury

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Update

Antero Resources promised to put up sound barriers after the Trent family complained about noise and light from a drilling rig next door.

The Trents said Antero did put up a sound barrier and that it's helping with some of the noise and light issues.

The Trents said it's not a perfect situation, but it's also holding on to Antero's other promise that the drilling should end in about a month.

 


 

Original story

Jake Trent was in a severe ATV accident more than 10 years ago while he was still a student at Doddridge County High School. Jake was active in the school's student government and an avid hunter.

Doctor's forecasted the worst; Jake wouldn't make it. Jake spent some time in a coma, and more than a year in the hospital before he ever came home.

When he did come home, Jake wasn't even able to pick up his own head or walk himself to the bathroom.

He's had more than 30 surgeries since his accident.

But now, he's walking, talking and very much alive.

"He's fought hard to get where he's at," said William Trent, Jake's guardian.

But his life is different. Now 25, Jake deals with the effects of a traumatic brain injury and a missing right eye.

His family said he was recovering and doing well. But his progress took a bit of a turn when drillers started working 60 feet outside of his bedroom window.

"Too much noise and trucks. I hate it. Don't you?" Jake Trent said.

"Noise, lights. All this is affecting Jake. This will cause a setback. There's signs of it. No rest, sometimes you can see more confusion," William Trent said.

Antero Resources set up a water holding site next to the Trent's home. It has several active drilling sites in the nearby area.

William Trent said doctors fear the constant noise and bright lights could cause serious setbacks like a seizure, infection or even death.

"You know, to lose all that over something like this is crazy. To even put it at risk is crazy," William Trent said.

William Trent said he's all for oil and gas development in West Virginia. He and his family can handle the inconveniences that may come with it. But there's only so much they're willing to give up; Jake isn't one of them.

"The rocks, the mud, the stuff. We can wash that all away. But I can't replace Jake," William Trent said.

The family said the activity did calm down some when the winter season hit. But it knows more wells are going in up the street and it fears the break is only temporary.

Trent said the solution is simple.

"One way or the other, one has to go," William Trent said.

But Jake doesn't think it should be him.

"You know why, because it's where I was raised at," Jake Trent said.

Antero Resources Vice President Alvyn Schopp said the company is aware of the situation and is working to make the scenario more comfortable for Jake and his family. It is working on a large scale water-pipeline project that will reduce the number of water trucks on the roads. It also said it will put up a sound barrier to help reduce some of the noise. Schopp said the current project should wrap up in about six weeks.