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Natural Gas In The Northern Neck

The possibility of fracking in the Northern Neck is met with significant skepticism by local government.

The Taylorsville basin holds a small estimated 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. It stretches from northeast of Richmond up through the Northern Neck, and into Southern Maryland, including Washington’s Birthplace. Over 84,000 acres in the Taylorsville basin have been leased for natural gas drilling, or fracking.

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy Honors Tayloe and Helen Murphy

On Sunday, September 13th, nine-term delegate and former Secretary of Natural Resources Tayloe Murphy and his wife, Helen, will be honored at the Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s Boots and BBQ Fundraiser.

Murphy is significantly responsible for some of the state’s major environmental laws.

For more information, visit NNConserve.org.

Judge Blocks Selling of Sweet Briar Assets

An Amherst County judge has ruled that Sweet Briar College, whose board wants to close the women’s college, may not sell any assets for 60 days.

The judge used terms like “unilateral” and “arbitrary” to describe closing a 114-year-old school while students were expecting to earn diplomas. Their lawyer, Elliott Schuchardt, hails the ruling.

“It’s actually very, very good news because the students were found to have standing; the students were found to have a four-year contract with the college,” he said.

RVA Leaders Believe: Juliette Landphair

Today we begin an occasional series of commentaries titled "RVA Leaders Believe."​ Inspired by “This I Believe,” the 1950s radio series hosted by Edward R. Murrow, RVA Leaders Believe provides Leadership-Metro​-Richmond members the opportunity to reflect upon their values as community leaders. Today's commentary is by Juliette Landphair, Dean of Westhampton College at the University of Richmond.​