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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...

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...

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, rend...

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 t...

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 o...

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...

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 tha...

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 hydr...

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...

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 op...

Forest Service Protects George Washington National Forest from gas drilling and fracking

After years of hard work, SELC’s forest team reached a major milestone in mid-November when the U.S. Forest Service announced its long-anticipate...