Virginia town says no to fracking
County did not approve a special use permit to a drilling company due to too much environmental risk.
Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 8:27 AM
Good news for Virginia!
So far, so good in Virginia. The state already has 7,700 natural gas wells operating, but none take gas from the natural gas rich Marcellus Shale deposit in Virginia. No gas from the controversial fracking technology.
In February 2012, the county's elected folks (majority Republicans!) in a small Blue Ridge Mountains town in western Virginia (only eight miles from the West Virginia border) did not approve a special use permit to a drilling company to utilize 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 natural 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.
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