For Immediate Release
Effort To Protect Eastern Virginia From the Dangers of Fracking Suffers Setback
RICHMOND, Virginia - Today, the Senate of Virginia sent Senate Bill 951 back to Committee, 23-17. SB951, introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, would institute a four-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in the Eastern Groundwater Management Area.
In response, Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, released the following statement.
Fracking is an incredibly dangerous practice that can easily lead to contamination of the water Virginians rely on. Today’s Senate vote is a disappointing setback. Passage of SB951 would be an important step towards protecting the more than 80,000 acres of the Eastern Groundwater Management Area that have already been leased for fracking.
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