Fracking Ban Passes General Assembly

Fracking Ban Passes General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly banned hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, in the eastern part of the state. This legislation received extensive support and now protects the communities and natural resources of the lower Rappahannock River region from water...
Richmond County votes to ban fracking

Richmond County votes to ban fracking

  Thursday November 9, 2017 marked a big win for the communities of Virginia’s Northern Neck as Richmond County became the first municipality to ban fracking in the Rappahannock River Watershed. After several months of research and deliberations, the...
Rappahannock River Steward Reports Big Win in King George County

Rappahannock River Steward Reports Big Win in King George County

A special type of natural gas drilling called Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing and better known as “fracking”, is known to have a myriad of impacts on communities, infrastructure, and the natural environment. In 2013 gas companies began leasing land in the...

Fracking workshops focus on ownership issues

By Megan Gallagher Megan Gallagher lives in The Plains, Va., and is an advisor to the Shenandoah Valley Network of conservation groups. Friends of the Rappahannock and local partners co-sponsored two workshops recently for landowners considering leasing or who have...
Hydraulic fracturing 101: an overview of the facts

Hydraulic fracturing 101: an overview of the facts

By Aimee Delach, FOR VolunteerDepending on who you talk to, hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) may be presented as an economic boom, the path to energy independence, or a fast track to a polluted watershed. As interest mounts in Virginia’s own natural gas reserves,...

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