Editorial by the Editorial Board of the Free Lance-Star, Jan 29, 207 Editorial: Focus on fracking safety, not secrecy Last paragraph: Residents of the Taylorsville basin are encouraged to speak loudly so their voices won’t be drowned out by an … 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 →
From News Advance, 1/18/17, by Rachel Mahoney Thank you Sue Delos, for getting me this article and for doing the presentation! http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/league-of-women-voters-of-virginia-member-presents-fracking-study/article_55581aa4-dd19-11e6-a4b0-5fcfab43ce20.html Clearly, there remains significant interest in the pipelines. Unfortunately, we did not have time to cover that area … Continue reading →
Fracking in the news: this article from the Daily Press on 1/26/17 by Travis Fain discusses both sides of the issues related to current proposed fracking bills that relate to FOIA and chemicals used. http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-fracking-foia-20170125-story.html The names of chemicals used … 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,
According to the DMME Gas and Oil Regulatory Advisory Panel, the Final Regulations for hydraulic fracturing became effective on December 28th. Considering this was done despite the request by extractive industries to postpone this document, this could be a good … Continue reading →
From TheHill.com: Timothy Cama, 1/4/17 A federal court on Wednesday delayed oral arguments in the Obama administration’s appeal to reinstate its hydraulic fracturing regulation for federal lands for two months. The Denver-based Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit made … Continue reading →
Md. legislative panel places temporary hold on proposed fracking regulations From Washington Post: Maryland Politics Section; Josh Hicks; Jan 3, 2017 A Maryland legislative panel has placed a temporary hold on the state’s proposed fracking regulations amid sharp disagreements over … Continue reading →
Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report) Notice EPA is announcing the availability of the final report, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts … Continue reading →