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MIDDLEBOURNE, WV (AP) — Property record searches by oil and gas drilling companies are overwhelming the Tyler County Courthouse.

Abstractors are lining up outside the courthouse in Middlebourne at night to gain access to the records vault in the County Clerk's Office the next morning. Some have "line holders," people who keep their places in line.

County Clerk Theresa Hamilton tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the vault can only accommodate 16 people at a time.

Abstractors are now limited to two hours inside the vault. The courthouse also has extended its hours.

Middlebourne residents Brandy Frye and Sherry Perkey say the situation has become chaotic. They say supervision is needed.

A public meeting to discuss the situation is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse.

 

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