David McMahon of the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization represented Huff at the start of the litigation. He said EQT's engineering consultant predicted that the earth-moving plans would cause flood waters to rise, but by less than 1 foot.
McMahon's group hired other engineers, who concluded that it would raise the waters more than 1 foot.
Either way, McMahon said, the property owners should have had the chance to make that argument to the County Commission before the permit was issued.
Huff said the dispute over how her 10-acre meadow would be affected began four years ago, when EQT first proposed two wells. Over time, she said, that grew to four, then eight, then 12, ultimately covering seven of her acres.
"We have no concern with them drilling on our property," she said. "We understand they have the lease. That's not the issue."
Rather, she and about a dozen other farm owners are concerned about future flooding that could put lives and property at risk.
"We did try to constantly discuss for the last four years our concerns," she said. "We just never could get them to come to the table."
Huff's farm has been in her family since 1863, she said, and she won't let it be destroyed.
"I have always felt like the big corporations forget about the human part and they don't try to work with the community and the residents," she said. "They just want to drill and get their product out and leave. And we're going to be the ones left behind with all the side effects."