Augusta, Highland, Frederick and Warren Counties face major impacts to waterways, public and private land, forests and battlefields from two proposed gas transmission pipelines in the Shenandoah Valley. A third pipeline also is planned for southwestern Virginia. The three projects seek to move natural gas from the Marcellus shale fields in Pennsylvania to markets further south.
The first permit for hydrofracking shale in Virginia was proposed near Harrisonburg in 2010. Find out about the status of this permit, current shale gas leases, and other regional information.
Studies in New York and Pennsylvania are documenting the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) natural gas drilling on farming, tourism and other economic sectors.
Utilizing information from the counties’ electronic deed systems and their on-line GIS systems, over 15,000 acres of land was discovered to have been leased to hydraulic fracture drill for natural gas.
Citizens turned out to hear about what’s behind the “shale gas rush” that’s bringing industrial energy development to more places, and the resulting environmental and community impacts.
In Pennsylvania and West Virginia, gas drilling has converted rural, agricultural and forested landscapes into industrial zones, with intensive heavy truck traffic, pipeline and shipping infrastructure, and risks to ground and surface waters.
View video clips and download presentations from several experts who came to the Valley to teach us about this industry and its impacts on communities and the environment.