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Water quality and fracking topic of Mathews town hall meeting

Protecting Water Quality in Coastal Aquifers will be the topic of a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 19, at Mathews Memorial Library, Main Street, Mathews.

Speakers will be Scott Kudlas, director of the Office of Water Supply at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Randy McFarland, hydrogeologist with the Virginia Water Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey.

The meeting was requested by the board of supervisors after supervisor Janine Burns presented a resolution for consideration this past November that would formally request that the state work with localities to protect drinking water sources from the effects of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.

The resolution asked that the state prohibit fracking in or near aquifers that are jurisdictions’ sole sources of drinking water, manage water quality and withdrawal targets, and provide funding to make sure fracking sites are inspected.

Supervisor Jack White said during that meeting that alt...

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