RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia's first proposed drilling aimed at a gas-rich formation of shale has emerged as a campaign issue in a special election for a General Assembly seat.
The three-way race in the 26th House District focuses on an exploratory well proposed in Rockingham County. The concern focuses on the environmentally questionable process of extracting the natural gas, called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The removal technique blasts water, sand and chemicals to release gas.
The Shenandoah Valley drilling is proposed by Carrizo (Marcellus) LLC, a Houston drilling company that has proposed hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration in Bergton.