Taylorsville Basin Preservation Program

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An increasing number of communities are being rushed to decide whether drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing is compatible with their community’s vision. Let’s not rush that decision in Virginia. Let’s protect our communities from the dangers of fracking.

Currently, counties east of Fredericksburg are receiving a lot of attention from gas developers. Over the last few years, more than 84,000 acres of land have been leased to Shore Exploration, a developer which seeks to begin drilling this year or in 2015. Five counties have been targeted by Shore: Caroline, Essex, King and Queen, King George, and Westmoreland. See the company’s lease holdings as of May 2013.

You can view additional county maps as well:

Caroline County: Over 40,000 acres have been leased by Shore Exploration in Caroline County; that’s approximately 12% of the county’s land area. You can view the map here.

Essex County: Over 13,000 acres have been leased for gas development. Many of these leases are on land under conservation easement or adjacent to conserved land. View the combined Essex and King and Queen map.

King and Queen County: As of May 2013, more than 6,000 acres of the county has been leased for gas development. The county website describes the county this way: “Visitors to King and Queen County find themselves in a richly-forested landscape interspersed with wide open fields interrupted by the occasional winding road following a creek or stream.”

King George County: King George County has over 10,000 acres of land leased for gas development. Many of these leases touch local rivers and streams which feed the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. View the combined King George and Westmoreland map.

Westmoreland County: Westmoreland is home to Stratford Hall and George Washington’s birthplace. Just under 14,000 acres have been leased near these historic sites.

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