Tag: Shenandoah Valley Network

Environmental group concerned about one-size-fits-all approach to I-81

The news from Thursday that the Virginia Department of Transportation is initiating environmental work related to Interstate 81 widening in the Roanoke Valey was met with some concern by a Shenandoah Valley environmental group


Virginians overwhelmingly support ban on gas drilling in national forests

Seventy percent of Virginians who sent comments to the U.S. Forest Service support a ban on horizontal drilling for natural gas on the George Washington National Forest, according to an analysis released Monday by the Shenandoah Valley Network and the Bergton-based Land, Air, Water Stewardship Action group. The report documenting broad public support for the […]


Fracking forum in Waynesboro on Wednesday

A public forum on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Waynesboro UU Fellowship on 565 Pine Ave. at 7 p.m. Fracking is the controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale formations that may come to this region of Virginia in the future. The forum is an effort to […]


Kate Wofford: Congress should accept Valley’s caution on gas drilling

A dozen Shenandoah Valley residents and I went to Washington last Friday, where I served as a witness at a congressional oversight hearing. The focus was a U.S. Forest Service proposal to ban a controversial natural gas drilling technique – horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – from more than one million acres of public land […]


Forum to detail issues with fracking

A request for a special-use permit that would allow a Texas-based energy company to drill for natural gas in Rockingham County is perhaps permanently on the table. Locals still need to arm themselves with knowledge of the process known as hydrofracture that companies use to extract natural gas from the ground and its long list […]


Drilling in the Valley

Millions of gallons of water are used to literally fracture the earth to get at the natural gas below. And below is the operative word – hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, as it’s commonly called, aims at natural-gas reserves anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 feet beneath the earth’s surface. The good news is that natural gas […]


81: Wait and see

Special Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   You might remember all the hubbub over what they were planning to do with Interstate 81. They were going to pave over the Valley! That was what people were saying, anyway, looking at the monstrosities of plans that we knew as the Star Solutions proposal and the Fluor […]


Valley: Groups seek ruling against I-81 widening

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A coalition of advocacy groups that filed a federal lawsuit last year to block the proposed $11.4 billion widening of Interstate 81 filed a motion in federal court in Charlottesville last week seeking a positive judgment in the case. “We have asked the court to require that (the Virginia Department […]