Next week, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors takes up zoning proposals that would place heavy restrictions on fracking. But there’s no clear sign which way the vote will go.
On one hand, supervisors may be swayed by land owners who have sold mineral rights to oil companies.
On the other, supervisors have heard from residents like Montross businesswoman Holly Harmon, who says the supervisors can ban fracking if they want to. “The state legislature and our Attorney General have ruled that localities can prohibit land uses. We feel there is no going back from a fracking incident,” said Harmon.
Harmon says fracking would threaten the massive Potomac Aquifer, which not only supplies water to the entire Northern Neck, but southern Maryland, Delaware and parts of North Carolina and New Jersey.