Scope of and Reason for the Study

(directions from the LWV-VA Board to the committee)

The scope of the study may include:

Impacts of water withdrawal on ground water and surface water supplies; impacts of inadequate treatment of wastewater from fracking on drinking water; health, safety and ecological effects of natural gas pipeline and/or rail transport of shale oil through Virginia.

Reason for Study of Fracking:

The current LWVVA natural resource positions do not address recent developments in Virginia of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and energy pipelines. Fracking affects health as well as natural resources. Fracking and pipeline effects go beyond the current LWVVA positions. The effects should be included in Virginia positions and in the background/history.