HydroFracking Proposed for Region

Texas-based Shore Exploration & Production Corp. has secured land leases along the Potomac in the Northern Neck.

The Rappahannock Group of the Sierra Club will discuss proposed Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) East of I-95 in counties including King George, Caroline and Westmoreland. The meeting will be held 7 - 9 p.m. at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Fracking involves drilling and injecting fluids underground at high pressures to fracture rocks and release oil and natural gas deposits.

"Over the past year, Texas-based Shore Exploration & Production Corp. has secured leases from landowners scattered across a broad swath of the Virginia coastal plain from the upper reaches of the Northern Neck along the Potomac River to just north and east of Richmond," the Daily Press reported.

While fracking could be an economic boon to the residents of the region, there are concerns about drinking water for thousands of residents, Sherrin Alsop, chairwoman of the King and Queen Board of Supervisors, told the Daily Press.

Geoff Urda, research intern with the Virginia Chapter, will give Thursday's presentation.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

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Anne March 13, 2013 at 07:58 PM
There is a huge question about fracking causing earthquakes in this region or anywhere. Do we really want another quake down here that can actually be felt? Personally I would rather not see it and hope that people look at all sides before saying frack at anycost...
Susan Larson March 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM
From an email: "Please look into what fracking has done in Pa. and get the truth out about fracking and how it would affect everything; our local waters, our food, our milk and eggs and the health of the Chesapeake Bay." A.S.B.
Melissa Hostutler March 14, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Fracking in my home county in WV has brought many valuable jobs, but at the same time the trucks are destroying roads and gas well pads are causing mudslides. The Marcellus Shale in that region (PA/WV) is very deep in the ground and below the water table, but I am not familiar with what it's like in this part of Virginia....which is not part of the Marcellus Shale region. Anyone have more info?


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