Fracking in the Southeast

Latest News

Federal Court Strikes Down ACP Permit

RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of clients Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and the Virginia Wilderness Committee won a case against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...

Read More »

Georgia passes modern-day fracking protections into law

This week, Governor Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s first bill governing fracking into law, updating the state’s antiquated drilling regulations to better protect local communities and drinking water. Commonly referred to as fracking, hydraulic fractur...

Read More »

​Legal Challenges Filed Targeting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Approvals

Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, on behalf of a coalition of community and conservation groups, filed a legal challenge to the Virginia State Water Control Board’s approval of a...

Read More »

Another Virginia county votes for stringent restrictions on gas drilling and fracking

On Monday night, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors voted to update both its comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance to better protect the county, its residents, and drinking water from threats posed by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking....

Read More »

First county in Tidewater bans fracking

 Charlottesville, VA— Richmond County’s unanimous vote to ban oil and gas drilling and fracking sends a clear message that counties have a strong interest in protecting their land and water from risky industry ventures. The decision last night in...

Read More »

Dominion Puts Profits Ahead of Public Necessity

Charlottesville, VA — Expert analysis filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today reveals that Dominion customers will end up paying anywhere between $1.6 to 2.3 billion in unneeded costs if Dominion Energy builds the Atlantic Coast...

Read More »

FERC Should Not Fast Track Pending Pipeline Decisions Under Newly Confirmed Leadership

Charlottesville, VA - The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation today of Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Today’s confirmations restores...

Read More »

Fracking threat puts Rappahannock on list of nation’s most endangered rivers

The Rappahannock River is among America’s Most Endangered Rivers, based on a report released today by American Rivers. The designation shines a national spotlight on the threat fracking poses to clean drinking water and the state’s irreplaceable...

Read More »

Virginians Stands Strong to Protect Residents and Environment From Fracking Secrets

Charlottesville, VA – Legislation attempting to exempt hydraulic fracturing “trade secrets” from the Freedom of Information Act of Virginia met bipartisan rejection in Virginia’s General Assembly, in large part because of concerns highlighted by...

Read More »

Virginia stands up to fracking industry’s “trade secrets” claims

In a win for protection of public health and the environment, as well as transparency, Virginia legislators from both sides of the aisle rejected legislation shielding certain fracking chemicals from public disclosure under Virginia’s Freedom of...

Read More »

Augusta County first in Virginia to prohibit fracking

In a nearly unanimous decision, the August County Board of Supervisors clearly and confidently voted on Wednesday night to prohibit fracking. As other Virginia localities grapple with how to address risks from fracking and industrial gas development...

Read More »

EPA study shows fracking pollutes drinking water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued new findings proving fracking can lead to water contamination that, in some cases, rendered private drinking water wells totally unusable. The findings come from a recently released EPA...

Read More »

Virginia Governor Approves New Fracking Protections, Yet Fight Looms over Public Health Disclosures

Charlottesville, VA—New oil and gas regulations approved by Governor Terry McAuliffe provide critical improvements to Virginia’s current policies. The newly established protections will require mandatory disclosure of fracking chemicals, baseline...

Read More »

Virginia Governor approves new fracking protections, yet fight looms over public health disclosures

As Virginia faced new fracking interest in recent years, the state’s oil and gas protections lagged far behind other states. Communities across the state worked with SELC and other stakeholders to address the lax oversight. Much of that work is...

Read More »

With unanimous vote, Virginia county establishes strict parameters for future fracking

All four members of Virginia’s King George County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s public hearing voted to enact new land use laws to restrict oil and gas exploration, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The measures adopted protect 91...

Read More »

Virginia County Votes to use Land Authority to Restrict Oil and Gas Development

King George County, VA – The county Board of Supervisors tonight voted to protect its residents and its landscape by restricting where in the county oil and gas exploration, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” could occur. Using its...

Read More »

Georgia public meeting to address local fracking concerns

To help property owners better understand their mineral rights and to discuss concerns associated with fracking in Georgia, the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) will host an informational meeting on Thursday, February 18. The agenda will address...

Read More »

N.C. General Assembly attempts to subvert local control of fracking

In the final hour of the 2015 legislative session, around 4:00 a.m., the North Carolina State Senate slipped a provision into Senate Bill 119 that attempts to prohibit local governments from regulating fracking in any manner. This language was not...

Read More »

Establishing regulatory oversight is key for states considering fracking

The recent boom in natural gas production has piqued the interest of oil and gas companies looking to explore the potential profitability of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in new areas nationwide. Northwest Georgia is one area of interest and...

Read More »

Court reinstates fracking moratorium in North Carolina

Wake County Superior Court has granted a preliminary injunction sought by SELC to stop the state’s Mining and Energy Commission from accepting or processing permit applications for fracking in the state or from creating any drilling units. The...

Read More »

Court Temporarily Enjoins NC Mining and Energy Commission from Accepting Fracking Permits

Chapel Hill, N.C. – Wake County Superior Court stayed a constitutional challenge to the state’s Mining and Energy Commission by a local conservation group and landowner pending a decision in the appeal of McCrory v. Berger or until further order of...

Read More »

VA Attorney General Herring supports local oversight of fracking

Local control over shale gas extraction was confirmed in an opinion issued Friday by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring that overruled the opinion of his predecessor. SELC played a role in urging the attorney general to review and reconsider the...

Read More »

Virginia Attorney General Supports Local Authority Over Fracking

Fredericksburg, VA—Today Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring released an opinion confirming a locality’s ability to use its land use and zoning authority to prohibit shale gas development, also known as fracking. The opinion also confirms that,...

Read More »

Conservation Groups Support Forest Service Decision to Keep GW Off Limits to Gas Drilling & Fracking

Charlottesville, VA – Local conservation and community groups expressed support for today’s decision from the U.S. Forest Service to make the George Washington National Forest (GW) unavailable for oil and gas drilling, except for a small portion of...

Read More »

Local Governments Must Take Their Time on Fracking

For anyone who lives on the northern neck or middle peninsula, you understand the beauty and value of this region: its working farms, its rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the scenic, tranquil, nature of its historic, close-knit communities. But under...

Read More »

new NC fracking poll

According to a recent poll released today, most Sandhills residents do not support a requirement that would force landowners to sell the natural gas under their property if a certain percentage of neighbors have done so. The poll also showed high...

Read More »

University of Tennessee Request for Bids for Fracking in the Cumberland Forest Yields No Proposals

In September 2013, a bidding process for fracking on University of Tennessee land in the Cumberland Forest resulted in no proposals, effectively putting the project on hold. This does not mean, however, that the University won’t try again to frack...

Read More »

SELC investigating possible fracking leases near Fredericksburg

SELC and other conservation organizations are concerned about plans for oil and natural gas drilling in Virginia that may use fracking in a potential shale gas area called the Taylorsville Basin in the Middle Peninsula and upper Northern Neck, east...

Read More »

News Advisory: Media Tour of George Washington National Forest as Forest Service Weighs Opening Area

What: A tour of the George Washington National Forest with some of the region’s most knowledgeable experts about this special area, in advance of the expected Forest Service decision in early June on whether to open up these lands to horizontal...

Read More »

SELC halts fast-track of UT Cumberland Forest fracking lease

SELC has successfully obtained a public hearing for state approval of the University of Tennessee’s proposed oil and gas fracking lease on 8,600 acres of public land in the Cumberland Forest. The University was attempting to fast-track the proposal,...

Read More »

Fracking: Tougher Oversight Needed in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has proposed revisions to its oil and gas drilling regulations, but the safeguards do not go far enough to protect water and wildlife. With a set of recommendations submitted August 3, SELC...

Read More »

BLM postpones controversial sale of gas leases in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest

The Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have said they are delaying the June 14 sale of gas drilling leases on almost 43,000 acres of public lands in the Talladega National Forest, a proposal which has sparked widespread and...

Read More »

DENR report lacks support for conclusion that fracking can be done safely in NC

In its final report to the General Assembly released last week, the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) offers zero support for its conclusion that fracking can be done safely in North Carolina. In fact, the report raises significant unanswered...

Read More »

Fracking in the Talladega would pose serious risks

SELC has filed a formal letter of protest with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management objecting to its plan to open 43,000 acres of Alabama’s Talladega and Conecuh National Forests to oil and gas drilling. 
Read the press release>>

Read More »

BLM putting Alabama forest at risk from proposed gas fracking

The Bureau of Land Management is putting thousands of acres of publicly owned national forest land in Alabama at risk by allowing potential oil and gas drilling in the Talladega and Conecuh National Forests, conservation groups said in a formal...

Read More »

Horizontal Drilling Ban Would Limit Fracking

Responding to serious concerns raised by SELC and many others, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed prohibiting horizontal drilling on any federal lands leased in the future for oil or gas production in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest....

Read More »

Learn More About This Case