November 26, 2013
The Free Lance-Star reports, "Though the industry says fracking can be done safely and responsibly, Friends of the Rappahannock is gearing up to address environmental concerns about an energy company's drilling plans from Caroline County through the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The Fredericksburg-based river conservation group is holding two workshops in December 'for landowners considering leasing or who have already leased their land for oil drilling,' according to a press release. The meetings are also 'for elected officials and members of the public concerned about landowner rights and the impacts of gas development.'"
Progressive Point: What kind of legacy will we leave for our children in Virginia? Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, releases dangerous chemicals into the ground, threatening our water supply and our natural heritage. Basically, dirty, out-of-state, energy companies profit while we take on all the risks. That places corporate profits over the legacy we will leave our children.
Our Commonwealth could be leading the country on energy by developing clean, safe resources that will create permanent Virginia jobs while preserving our unique environment. Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. today. Virginia should be leading the way in creating renewable energy jobs. Fracking risks our natural heritage for the benefit of a corporate special interests.
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