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Mathews supervisors to hold town hall meeting on fracking

Mathews County supervisor Janine Burns presented a resolution on fracking to fellow supervisors during Tuesday’s board meeting. While no action was taken, the proposed resolution spurred a great deal of discussion, and the board decided to hold a town hall meeting on the topic at a later, as-yet-unspecified date.

If passed by the board, the resolution would formally request that the state work with localities to protect drinking water sources by prohibiting fracking in or near aquifers that are jurisdictions’ sole sources of drinking water, manage water quality and withdrawal targets, and provide funding to ensure fracking sites are inspected.

During a presentation last month at a joint meeting of the board and the planning commission, Senior Attorney Rick Parrish with the Southern Environmental Law Center explained the fracking process. He said that during fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, wells are drilled deep into the earth and millions of gallons of water, tons of s...

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