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Ben Weiner, Communications Assistant, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter,, (804) 225-9113 Ex. 1002

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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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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