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Fracking in Virginia

A study by LWV-VA

The Virginia League has completed a two-year study of fracking in Virginia.

Reason for the Study

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.

The scope of the study includes: 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.

See the completed study:

See a presentation highlighting the findings. If you download the pdf file, you can open bookmarks showing the topics.