March 5, 2012

Fracking in Virginia?

So far, so good in Virginia. The state already has 7700 natural gas wells operating, but none take gas from the natural gas rich Marcellus Shale deposit in Virginia.

In February 2012, the county's elected folks (majority Republicans!) in a small Blue Ridge Mountains town in western Virginia (only 8 miles from the West Virginia border) did not approve a special use permit to a drilling company to utlize the fracking technology there. Too many unanswered questions! Too much risk! Safety trumped speed (and jobs and money) in this case. This town sits over the natual gas-rich Marcellus Shale deposit.

Perhaps the earthquake in Virginia last August shook them up--even though geologists can't prove a connection between fracking and that quake.

Read the whole Washington Post story by clicking here.