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County fracking info session this week

The King George Board of Supervisors will hold a fracking information session for the community this week on June 12, 7-9 p.m., at King George High School.

The information session will be a town hall-style meeting beginning with presentations and ending with questions submitted from the audience.
At last week’s meeting on June 3, Supervisors gave the nod to a proposed agenda for the info meeting, which will be presided over by the Board of Supervisors with Chairman Joe Grzeika wielding the gavel.

Grzeika is expected to begin with introductions, and provide meeting guidelines, along with an explanation of the county’s current ordinances regarding gas and oil mining, with assistance from county attorney Eric Gregory.

Gregory had provided such a report to the board in January, so the board knows where the holes in the ordinances are and how the county Comprehensive Plan can be amended.

Supervisors could begin that process by asking for a detailed review by the county department of Community Development with active participation by the Planning Commission.

The county board is going about the process in a thorough manner, with this week’s public forum a part of its fact-finding.

FRACKING OVERVIEW
Former state delegate Albert Pollard has agreed to kick off the presentations by providing an overview on fracking, as he has done at various other such local meetings within the region.

The public can expect to hear from two state agencies, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME).

A presentation is also to be provided by the Southern Environmental Law Center, along with one from Shore Exploration & Production Corporation.

Shore Exploration is the Texas-based company holding mineral rights leases on at least 10,443 acres in King George, according to a search of county records this past summer by the organization, Friends of the Rappahannock.

To get caught up on some previous presentations in the area, the county has posted several documents on its website. To get directly to the page listing these documents, go to: www.king-george.va.us/news-and-announcements/announcements/taylorsville-basin---bos-meeting-powerpoint-slides-feb-4-2014.php.

QUESTIONS
Following the presentations, a 10-minute break is built into the meeting, to allow for audience members to submit questions.

Having written questions submitted, as during candidate forums, can cut down on question duplication, as well as a tendency for speeches by questioners or attempts at debating panelists.

Prior to audience-submitted questions, local government officials will be allowed to make comments during a 10-minute time frame. After that, the questions provided by audience members will be posed.

Grzeika noted at last week’s meeting, that if time does not permit the chance for all questions, that they would be shared with panelists requested to provide answers. Those answers are expected to also be made available to the public.

The meeting on Thursday, June 12, 7-9 p.m., will take place at King George High School, located on the north side Route 3 (Kings Hwy), and east of the Route 206 (Dahlgren Road) intersection. KGHS is the large school with the stadium adjacent to it, east of King George Middle School.

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