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Supervisors Use Cautious Approach To Natural Gas Mining

Local reporter Andrew Jenner broke the news in spring 2013 that a Houston-based energy company was dropping leases on about 13,000 acres in Rockingham County.

A Carrizo official indicated that local opposition to shale gas drilling was one reason for the decision to drop efforts to develop the first fracked gas well in Virginia’s Marcellus shale. Leases have lapsed on about half the acres, with the rest to expire by 2014.

Jenner’s story quoted CAP Executive Director Kim Sandum. “[This] makes me proud of the citizens of Rockingham and the local elected officials who have put so much time into this issue.

“The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors listened to the concerns of citizens and took the time to learn more about the community impacts of fracking. A closer look revealed that promises of jobs and tax revenue did not come close to outweighing the negative impacts. In the end it became clear that this is not a good fit for Rockingham,” Sandum said.

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