KING GEORGE, Va. — King George County residents will have the opportunity at a hearing to speak out on a hotly debated form of natural gas drilling.
The hearing Tuesday focuses on local rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking uses water and chemicals to free natural gas in shale deposits. The process has opened new areas to drilling, including the Taylorsville basin.
King George is among five counties in the basin east and south of Fredericksburg. An energy company has leased 84,000 acres in the region.
In a May advisory opinion, the Virginia attorney general’s office ruled that localities can regulate fracking.
The Free Lance-Star reports that King George is the first county in the basin to draft a proposed amendment to its zoning ordinances in wake of possible drilling.
Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/
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