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In Abingdon, Virginia, last week, 75 people picketed their Bd. of Supervisors for throwing out two years of Washington County Planning Commission work crafting an ordinance to protect landowners and citizens from damages from gas drilling and hydrologic fracturing.

And there's these stories about a two-hour anti-fracking protest at the main intersection in Abingdon (pop. 8000) last weekend.

At a recent hearing by the state regulatory body, Div. of Mines Minerals and Energy--a promotional outfit for energy companies--a regulatory panel member said "There are no aquifers in Appalachian Virginia!" Damn, where does the water come from when we drill a well?

Now, the Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, has requested differential state regulation (less regulation) for Appalachian aquifers from those in Tidewater Virginia. OUCH! Once again Appalachian communities are left without state protection from extractive industry.

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  •  You said: (0+ / 0-)
    has requested differential state regulation (less regulation) for Appalachian aquifers from those in Tidewater Virginia. OUCH!
    The links that are attached don't explain the criticism you are making with your statement.  

    You are stating that the state of Virginia is announcing differential state regulation, but you have not explained how or why the two regulations are different.  

    The links provided only discuss the matter of regulation in the Tidewater area and Appalachian well drilling operations you are referrring to are not mentioned.

    •  Tidewater regulation-Appalachian regulation (0+ / 0-)

      The Tidewater regulation would provide for extra protection for that aquifer, over and above the current regulatory protection that is offered elsewhere. The only other shale gas is in the Appalachian portions of Virginia. Consequently, extra regulatory provision will apply to eastern Va., not to western and southwest Virginia. That's differential treatment and obviously what industry thinks we deserve, since they claim we don't have aquifers out here. As Appalachians, we are quite used to being treated differently by extractive industry and the regulators. After all, there is no mountaintop removal along the Blue Ridge or in the Berkshires.

  •  I think they need to see (0+ / 0-)

    this map.
    The purple Sandstone and Carbonate Rock Aquifers.
    Sigh. Not that it would do any good. I think the board is pretty bought.

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:33:39 PM PDT

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