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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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. 
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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....

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