Washington Post – “With deep concerns over fracking, a Va. county says no to more gas drilling”

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“Concerned about controversial drilling methods, the supervisors never voted on the permit, and recently the company shelved its application following a two-year pursuit, ending its immediate hopes of exploring for gas.”

Read more of the story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/with-deep-concerns-over-fracking-a-va-county-says-no-to-more-gas-drilling/2012/01/27/gIQAxhUcsQ_story_1.html

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The historic Shenandoah River, North Fork is downstream of the proposed hydrofracking site in Bergton, Virginia

ProPublica’s guide to Natural Gas drilling/hydrofracking issues

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“For those who want to dive deeper into the complex science and regulatory issues of fracking, we offer a quick breakdown of the key issues.”

The issues include: radioactivity, wasterwater, methane contamination, and air pollution.

Read the full report.

Gas Drilling: lax regulation and radioactive materials in waterways

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“While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.

The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.”

Read full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/us/27gas.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print

The situation in Virginia

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The Shenandoah River, North Fork is downstream from the proposed drilling site in Bergton, VA.

Rockingham County, VA: After studying the current state of regulations in Virginia, Chairman Pablo Cuevas has wisely tabled a request to drill in Bergton, VA. You can express your support for this decision by e-mailing:

Pablo Cuevas, Chairman, District 1 Supervisor: pcuevas@rockinghamcountyva.gov

PETITION:

You can sign a new 2011 petition against hydrofracking in Rockingham County here:

http://hydrofracking.virginiajournal.org/?page_id=207

Gasland Showing in Broadway, December 18

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Where: 202 Main Street, Broadway, VA
When: December 18,  2 showings: 4 &  7 pm

There is NO CHARGE to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. Please call 540-896-2345 to confirm your seat or go to the Facebook Event page.

We look forward to meeting you.

About Gasland

Gasland invitation

We need to UNDERSTAND how mining for natural gas using HYDROFRACKING can impact our lives!

Please Join Your Friends and Neighbors to watch Gasland.

About the film: “The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

View or print the Gasland invitation as a pdf document.

Hydrofracking meeting Nov 8, Timberville

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Autumn reflections on the Shenandoah, North Fork

The scenic North Fork of the Shenandoah is downstream from the proposed drilling site.

Hydrofracking meeting Nov 8, Timberville

PLEASE COME on November 8th to Timberville for a MEETING of CITIZENS INTERESTED in the ongoing ISSUES of GAS DRILLING,“Hydrofracking” in our region.

Agenda (Note: Meeting room, Timberville Plains District Community Center, reserved for 6 pm to 9 pm).

* Decision made to invite Emily Riehl, Shenandoah Valley representative of ”Virginia Organizing,” a non-profit statewide group to speak November 8th at the Timberville (Plains District Community Center) at 6 pm.

  • Updates: ‘survey of possible additions’ to be added to Agenda. (‘round robin’ to complete agenda, set time limits/goals/adjournment.)
  • Emily Riehl will explain mission in Virginia and how we can benefit by affiliation and JOINT PLAN OF WORK (attached file JPW application.doc).
  • Impressions from Winchester.
  • Where are we going?
  • Next specific action(s).
  • Trip to see Marcellus Shale drilling in WV or PA?
  • Other
  • AOB(Any Other Business)

Regards,
Bruce Lundeen

(H) 540-434-3392
Cell 540-383-4718

Bruce Ritchie

(H) 540-852-3422
Cell 540-209-1920

Community Open Forum – October 2 – Dialogue on Natural Gas Drilling

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OPEN FORUM

Dialogue on Natural Gas Well Drilling

Recently, the Daily News Record* reported that Carrizo (Marcellus Shale) Oil and Gas company, citing local resistance, would not continue to pursue a permit to mine natural gas in Bergton. However, Carrizo did make it clear it fully intends to proceed. “[We]…will take that permitting process up at a later date,” stated Brad Fisher, vice president and chief executive officer.

Thus, hydrofracking will continue to be an issue for the foreseeable future.

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The North Fork of the Shenandoah, home to abundant wildlife and recreational opportunities, is downstream from the proposed drilling site.

Please join us at this Open Forum where people from all walks of life and with diverse views will gather to discuss the future of our economy, environment and way of life.

When: Saturday October 2, 2010 at 9:30 am.

(come when you can- morning or afternoon – . . . flexible “conversations design” accommodate all)

Where: Broadway High School in Broadway, Virginia

Mapquest Directions

*SHAPE THE FUTURE OF YOUR COMMUNITY*

All issues of your concern welcome to the dialogue, some examples follow: land / legal rights, state regulations, water wells & rivers / ground water, air quality, mineral royalties, energy independence, roads and $ bond requirements for permit to drill, etc.

RSVP: Bruce Lundeen at blundeen9@comcast.net (cell 540-383-4718)

or head to the Facebook Event page:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155697434456422

Watch video– Hydrofracking in Virginia – Can We Live With It?:

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdftk5dzSYM (also see related videos on hydrofracking)

School link- http://cs-shen.com/video/ (for use by students at schools)

COFFEE BY LUCAS ROASTING OF BROADWAY VIRGINIA.

Light refreshments will be served. Lunch by participants’ support bringing covered dishes, finger foods, garden produce.

*Daily News Record, Energy Company Backs Off Gas Permit* article by Jeremy Hunt August 31, 2010.

State: No Accident Plan for Proposed Bergton Gas Mining Site

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For Immediate Release
August 30, 2010

State: No Accident Plan for Proposed Bergton Gas Mining Site

State mining officials will not require emergency management plans for a proposed Marcellus Shale natural gas well near Bergton in Rockingham County despite growing reports of explosions and other accidents at similar wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In the event of a flood at the site, Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) acknowledges that the contaminated industrial waste, stored in pits in the floodplain, will be carried into the headwaters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

A professional geologist’s review of the Bergton gas well application, just released by local groups Community Alliance for Preservation (CAP), Shenandoah Riverkeeper, and Shenandoah Valley Network, reveals a long list of environmental and public health concerns related to the proposed gas well. More: Read the rest of this entry…

Video on Hydrofracking in Virginia – A great summary of the issues

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Hydrofracking: Carrizo’s plans for Bergton?

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UPDATE: Community watchdogs continue to express concern about Carrizo’s plans:

Dialogue on Natural Gas Well Drilling

Recently, the Daily News Record* reported that Carrizo (Marcellus Shale) Oil and Gas company, citing local resistance, would not continue to pursue a permit to mine natural gas in Bergton. However, Carrizo did make it clear it fully intends to proceed. “[We]…will take that permitting process up at a later date,” stated Brad Fisher, vice president and chief executive officer.

Learn more at the community meeting on Oct 2.


“The energy company that had applied to drill for natural gas in Rockingham County says it’s moving on, reports Jeremy Hunt in today’s Daily News-Record.

Representatives of Carrizo Oil and Gas Co. say the company is no longer “actively pursuing” a special-use permit to explore for natural gas in Bergton.Rather, Carrizo is focusing on sites in other states where it’s met less opposition . . .

According to the story, Brad Fisher, VP and CEO of Carrizo, said that the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors’ review of the process and impact of hydrofracking contributed to Carrizo’s decision. However, it’s unclear if that is a permanent decision.”

Read more

From hburgnews.com, Posted by Brent Finnegan on August 31st, 2010

Locals Voice Concern: Floodplain Site Too Risky for Gas Fracking

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“The proposed Marcellus hydrofracking well is located in the floodplain between two creeks, in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Several Bergton area residents compiled information on past flood events in the immediate vicinity and this information is presented below in a June 18th, 2010 letter from resident Bruce Dove to the Board of Supervisors.”

Read more and see a photo of the 1996 flood (near the proposed site) at:

http://www.preserverockingham.org/floodplain.html

Flooding can affect many Rockingham County localities (Broadway, VA pictured here).