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Supervisors set to talk money, fracking Thursday

The King George Board of Supervisors has a jam-packed special meeting this week, including talks with the school board about this year’s budget and possible decisions regarding fracking.


The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the board room of the Revercomb Administration building, located behind the Courthouse on Route 3.

The supervisors want an explanation of how the school board has enough money to follow through with 2 percent employee raises after it sustained cuts to its requested budget plan.

The supervisors also may discuss the school district’s future plans for the former middle school building, which was  shuttered in June, 2009. Supervisors also might want to see if there are plans for repair and maintenance of the high school track adjacent to the current middle school, among other capital project plans
In another monetary matter, the supervisors will review the county’s proposed 2015-19 Capital Improvement Program requests totaling $28 million.

Travis Quesenberry, county administrator, is expected to provide his recommendations for the board’s review.  
The final item on the agenda will have the supervisors talking about what changes they want made in the county’s ordinances relative to drilling for gas and oil, or fracking. The discussion is expected to spawn decisions about what directions to provide the Planning Commission for amending various land use ordinances in an effort to lessen the potential environmental impacts of fracking should the state approve a permit for that activity in the county.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting fluid into cracks to force them further open. The larger fissures allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formation so it can be extracted

Last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality have signed an agreement to work together to ensure a transparent process in reviewing potential permit applications for gas and oil drilling in this region that is to include a thorough environmental impact review and incorporate public comment.

“This is a very positive step,” said Supervisor Chairman Joe Grzeika. “It now puts both the environmental and the drilling permit review pieces on equal footing in a transparent and direct way and addresses some of the issues we have heard from folks during our examination of the potential impact drilling for oil or gas may have in King George.”

Those interested in more information on fracking will have two additional opportunities in early September.
At 2 p.m. Sept. 3, there will be a panel discussion on the topic at the Warsaw Campus of Rappahannock Community College. Panel participants will include the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and from the Southern Environmental Law Center and a past officer of the Virginia Oil & Gas Association.
At 6 p.m. Sept. 4, there will be a showing of the film Gasland II at the Smoot Library.

 

Phyllis Cook

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