Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

The Commonwealth of Virginia is facing its first Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling with a recent application in Rockingham County.

This process requires a technique called hydrofracturing which involves the injection of high volumes of water, sand, and chemicals deep into the ground to breakdown rock formations and release natural gas.  There are unknown and unintended consequences of this technology, including potential contamination of ground and surface water.