Rich in American heritage, a healthy Rappahannock River is important to the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, the river and its clean water are threatened by industry interest in expanding fracking operations into Tidewater Virginia. The area overlies the Taylorsville Basin, a section of earth deep underground thought to contain shale gas deposits. Developing natural gas in this area would require drilling through the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to three million people in Virginia’s Coastal Plain and Tidewater regions. The Virginia legislature and local municipalities must maintain and, where necessary, establish strong natural gas regulations and zoning to protect communities, river health and clean water.


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