Hydrofracking Virginia● Shenandoah Valley Concerned Citizens
April 28, 2010 9:17 pm
Petition to ban horizontal drilling and hydrofracking in Rockingham County
by admin in Uncategorized
The North Fork of the Shenandoah, downstream from the proposed drilling site.
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Bruce W. Ritchie
24234 German River Rd
Criders, Va 22820
We the undersigned ask you to sign our petition.
1. With a failure rate of between 2 to 8 percent, horizontal drilling and hydrofracking pose an unacceptable risk to our drinking water and the quality of wells, groundwater, aquifers, ponds and streams.
2. Drilling will introduce over 250 chemicals into our air and water, placing local residents, wildlife, and critical agriculture and watershed areas at risk.
3. Communities where hydrofracking has occurred have experienced explosions, fires, spills, stream contamination,
and well pollution as well as degradation of aquifers and other water supplies.
4. Local emergency services, including volunteer fire departments, EMS units, and healthcare providers, will be
severely stressed and placed at considerable risk from accidents.
5. Gas drilling in Virginia will involve construction of a massive infrastructure of wellheads, pipelines, compressing stations, and processing centers spread across much of rural Rockingham County.
6. Infrastructure development would likely involve extensive clearcutting, 24-hour noise and light pollution, huge increases
of truck traffic, and the permanent altering of existing landscapes.
7. Industrialization is incompatible with agriculture, tourism, recreation; drilling and related development will significantly alter existing use patterns of rural areas including severe stresses on roadways.
8. Compulsory integration of neighboring landowners to allow gas extraction against their wishes is an unlawful seizure of land and an unconstitutional abuse of power.
9. Extensive drilling will undermine property values and increase tax burdens on local citizens, creating boom and bust economic cycles in local communities.
10. NYC’s Dept. of Environmental Protection has concluded that hydrofracking is too dangerous for the city’s Catskill/Delaware watershed. Why would Virginia be any different?
11. The original EPA assessment was fatally flawed in its open support of drilling, its minimization and dismissal of risks, and its failure to consider the total cost of drilling for decades to come.
12. In view of these problems Rockingham County could be seriously understaffed and underfunded, and is in no position to regulate and effectively monitor drilling in Bergton/Criders. While other states are scrambling to fix the problem we must NOT go full speed ahead.
13. Natural gas is not “clean energy” but rather just another polluting, non-renewable fossil fuel contributing to atmospheric CO2 and Methane.
We call on you to put the people first and protect our health, environment, communities, and future by banning horizontal drilling and hydrofracking to release gas from Marcellus Shale formation in Rockingham County Virginia.
To Sign this petition go to http://hydrofracking.virginiajournal.org/?p=97