The jury is still out on just how much damage fracking might do to the land and drinking water in the numerous areas in which it already takes place, but let us please hit the PAUSE button.
Something called a "pooling law" in Virginia exists. It supposedly prevents landowners from conveying a conservation easement that prohibits oil or gas being extracted by horizontal drilling conducted from well sites on nearby properties. I just re-watched THERE WILL BE BLOOD and the villain in that fictional movie used that rationale too. The infamous "drinking straw argument" again? Daniel Day Lewis might win again.