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Learn more about fracking

Informational meetings scheduled - Dec. 11 in Bowling Green and Dec. 12 in Montross

There are two upcoming public informational meetings scheduled in this region on the topic of hydraulic fracturing – fracking – in December.

Fracking is a process whereby chemicals and water are forced deep into the ground to fracture the shale rock strata to release natural gas so it can be collected by drillers.


Both are sponsored by the Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Caroline County Countryside Alliance (CCCA).  

The meetings will take place as follows:  
- Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bowling Green Town Hall, 117 Butler St., Bowling Green.
- Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., General District Courtroom, George D. English Building, 111 Polk Street, Montross.

The workshops are open to the public and could be helpful to landowners who have leased their land, those considering a lease and anyone concerned about landowner rights and the impacts of gas and oil hydrofracking.

An email about the workshops states: “As of July, 2013, 84,000 acres has been leased in five counties in the Taylorsville Basin shale deposit just south of Fredericksburg: Caroline (40,733 acres), Essex (13,338 acres), King & Queen (6,010 acres), King George (10,443 acres) and Westmoreland (13,864 acres).”

It adds, “Many landowners and rural residents wonder what that means for their communities. The workshops will offer experts in mineral leasing, corporate accountability and gas regulations. It is an opportunity to learn about the leasing process, industry tactics and what gas or oil development means for you, your neighbors and community.”

 

CONTACT FOR INFORMATION/MAPS OF LEASED AREAS
Those who wish additional information about the upcoming workshops may contact either of those listed below:
- Richard Moncure, 804-443-3448, or email:  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
- Nancy Long at CCCA: 804-742-5612, or email:  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
- Maps of gas/oil leases in the region along with additional information about energy development in the area can be found at the FOR website: <www.riverfriends.org/fracking>

KING GEORGE BOARD TO GET REPORT IN JANUARY
In October, the King George Board of Supervisors had directed Eric Gregory, county attorney, to prepare a report for the board on the status of state laws, regulations and county ordinances in regard to fracking.

At last week’s meeting of the board on Nov. 18, Supervisor Joe Grzeika asked when the board could expect to hear Gregory’s report.

Chairman Dale Sisson agreed, saying the date needed to be “nailed down.” He directed Gregory to bring a report back to the second meeting in January, which would be Jan. 21.

Since that time, new technology, including hydraulic fracturing, has provided the ability for drillers to recover natural gas more economically if it is available in commercial quantities.

Environmentalists say the fracking process consumes huge amounts of water and that the chemicals used can pollute aquifers.

King George’s entire water supply is dependent on wells fed from underground aquifers.

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