Virginia Chapter Sierra Club

Fracking in Coastal Virginia?

stop-fracking.jpgSenator Richard Stuart has introduced Senate Bill 48 to ensure that appropriate environmental reviews and regulatory oversight are in place to protect Virginia communities and the Chesapeake Bay from the negative impacts of hydraulic fracking. The bill has passed through the Virginia Senate; in order for these protections to become reality, the bill must pass the House of Delegates.

While our preference is that no new oil or gas wells be drilled in Virginia, this legislation will start a new regulatory process that can examine all aspects of drilling in the sensitive and vulnerable coastal plain region. 

Please take action by writing your Delegate to say that a yes vote on Senate Bill 48 is a critical first step to preserve Virginia’s most precious resource – the fresh water that sustains human life, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, and industry.

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Senate Bill 48 expands the protective requirements that apply to oil or gas operations proposed in Tidewater Virginia (or in the Eastern Virginia Ground Water Management Area). These additional requirements are commonsense measures to protect Virginia's water resources. They include:

  1. Requiring that operators evaluate the impacts of drilling activities on surface and ground water qualities and supplies in their permit applications;
  2. Requiring that operators sample ground water and well water quality prior to engaging in drilling activities; and
  3. Requiring that DEQ review its existing regulations to ensure that they protect surface and ground water quality and quantity from the impacts of gas and oil drilling.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to you to express my support for Senate Bill 48, introduced by Senator Stuart. This bill provides commonsense protections for local communities in Tidewater Virginia. The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Agriculture Committee, passed the Senate Floor and will next be considered by the House of Delegates.

The current Code of Virginia calls for special protections related to oil and gas drilling in and near the Chesapeake Bay. Senator Stuart's SB 48 seeks to clarify and enhance commonsense protections for communities closest to the Bay. Specifically, the bill clarifies that water quality and quantity impacts are to be included in permit applications by oil and gas operators in Tidewater Virginia. It says that water samples must be taken before drilling can occur and that the Department of Environmental Quality must review current regulations to ensure they adequately protect state waters in the eastern part of the state.

I ask that you support SB 48 when it comes before you. Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


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