This is the last of the fracking bills! HB 1679 Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets. 02/16/17 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (9-Y 0-N) … Continue reading →
HB 1679 Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets. 02/07/17 H: VOTE: PASSAGE (63-Y 34-N) 02/08/17 S: Constitutional reading dispensed 02/08/17 S: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources No specific date set at this time. Senate Agriculture, … Continue reading →
Got this report in email this AM. (Voting records below. Please take the time to let those Senators voting No that we appreciate them!) We need to continue to keep an eye open for the House Bills and for any … Continue reading →
FOIA; trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. (HB1678) This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate General Laws and Technology committee on 02/06/2017. It meets on Monday, 45 minutes after adjournment—Senate Room … Continue reading →
Fracking chemical recipes could be kept secret in Virginia under bill passed by House (news article – click to read) HB 1678 FOIA; trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. This bill was amended (see deleted … Continue reading →
(Tyler Hammel, Capital News Service) http://www.localkicks.com/politics/down_in_richmond/panel-amends-and-oks-bills-on-chemicals-used-in-fracking SB1291 and SB1292 have passed a senate subcommittee and now move to (according to Richmond Sunlight, the LIS has not updated to reflect this schedule): Senate General Laws and Technology committee on 01/30/2017. It … Continue reading →
The LWV of Virginia has no specific position on hydraulic fracturing at this time. Any individual can contact their own or any other elected official with their concerns. These bills open the way for the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing … Continue reading →
This is just a sample of an individual’s email to Delegates about one of the key bills being discussed by the GA. There are 4 bills (HB1678, HB1679, SB1291 and SB1292) that all pertain to the hiding of the chemicals used in fracking from the public. Please call and email your elected officials to let them know we want to know and we have the right to know. Remember that you are doing this as an individual, not as a League representative:
I write to you, as a citizen of the State of Virginia, asking you to vote no on HB1678 as it violates the people’s right to transparency. Citizens and property owners deserve the right to know about harmful chemicals being used in the hydraulic fracturing process. These chemicals could have long term impacts on the safety and well-being of citizens as they could be accidentally released into the environment through the wells, transportation, or storage of these fluids.
It is only with the knowledge of what chemicals are in use that effective monitoring can be done concerning any cluster of medical issues that arise and/or the downstream impact of possible incursion into ground and surface waters.
Fracking, as it is done today is far different from previous wells and provides additional potential for problems. Horizontal drilling is a new player on the field with most of the data available being based upon vertically drilled wells. To date, there is insufficient evidence to show the impact that horizontal drilling has had on ground and surface water. The chemicals being used also vary significantly from well to well so again, the data is insufficient to make any clear statements as to impact of fracking fluids on surface and ground water.
To shroud this process in secrecy is to perpetrate the very lack of data that is needed to show whether these processes are truly safe and to help identify problems before major damage is done. Please vote no on this bill.
Thank you for your consideration,
An article in the Daily Press by Travis Fain: “FOIA bill: Fracking chemicals can be secret“, 1/28/16 discusses a Freedom of Information Act Bill (Virginia House Bill 1389, a.k.a. HB1389) that was a late addition to the 2016 legislative session. … Continue reading →