Only six permits were issued for natural gas wells in Letcher County in 2012, down from 67 the year before.
According to data provided by the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas, three of the six permits — all for horizontal wells — were obtained by the EQT Corporation, the largest natural gas explorer in Appalachia.
The last permit for 2012 was issued on May 11 to Hayden Harper Energy. It was for a vertical well.
In 2010, the state issued 103 permits to drilling companies for natural gas wells in Letcher County.