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“Only the President or her designee is authorized to speak for the League.
However,we encourage all members to contact their public officials as individuals, whether or not they agree with a League position.”
Support this prohibition of fracking until there are major regulations in place to safeguard Virginia’s critical features and to ensure the public’s safety, health, and welfare.
We first need additional robust studies to show that hydraulic fracturing will not have a negative impact on the health, safety, and well-being of citizens, local jurisdictions, or the natural environment.
SB951 Hydraulic Fracturing;
Eastern Virginia; hydraulic fracturing prohibited.
Tell your Senator to vote YES for SB951
SB951: That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 62.1-256.2 as follows: § 62.1-256.2. Hydraulic fracturing; Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.
No person shall conduct any hydraulic fracturing in the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area established pursuant to this chapter.
For purposes of this section, “hydraulic fracturing” means the treatment of a well by the application of hydraulic fracturing fluid, including a base fluid and all additives, under pressure for the express purpose of initiating or propagating fractures in a target geologic formation to enhance production of oil or natural gas.
League of Women Voters Position:
Extractive Industries: Hydraulic Fracturing The League of Women Voters of Virginia supports a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the Commonwealth of Virginia until there is sufficient evidence from robust studies to show that hydraulic fracturing will not have a negative impact on the health, safety, and well-being of citizens, local jurisdictions, or the natural environment.
Absent a moratorium, the League of Women Voters of Virginia believes that the Commonwealth of Virginia, including all relevant state departments and state agencies, and local governments, have a responsibility to safeguard Virginia’s critical features and to ensure the public’s safety, health, and welfare by
- adopting strict systems for monitoring, regulation, and oversight of the hydraulic fracturing, including all related facilities, and fracking impacts on critical features (e.g. ground and surface water resources and recharge areas; geologic resources and seismic zones; historic sites and districts), public facilities (e.g. recreation areas, schools, wildlife preserves), local and regional infrastructure, and local and regional economies;
- developing and implementing systems of financial assurance so all fracking-related expenses incurred by the Commonwealth and the local jurisdictions are borne by the industry;
- granting localities authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing operations;
- providing state funding to local governments to offset the costs incurred by local governments;
- developing a state-level system for long-term monitoring of local impacts and enforcement of regulation throughout the full life cycle of the hydraulic fracturing operation; and
- creating programs and policies designed to help local jurisdictions address the long-term economic and social impacts of hydraulic fracturing and its expected “boom and bust” cycles.
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