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Shale Gas Drilling

Hydrofracking Proposed Near Bergton

The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors was considering whether to allow a Houston-based energy company to mine natural gas in the Bergton area. Using a process called hydrofracturing, the Carrizo (Marcellus) company planed to inject high volumes of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to break down the shale rock formations and release natural gas, with potential for contamination of ground and surface water.

On February 24, 2015, after five years and still unanswered questions, the Board of Supervisors officially denied the permit.

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Bergton Permit

Read more about the proposed gas well, and find links to Carrizo’s application, the DMME permit, and technical analysis.

In A Floodplain?

The Bergton gas well was proposed in a floodplain in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Locals voiced their concern in 2010.

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