Shore Petroleum Corp. of Corpus Christi, Texas has been buying gas leases in
King George and Caroline Counties, VA. They have targeted about 100,000 acres
of land in the Taylorsville basin, where gas shales have been identified. Sources
report that they are paying landowners $10-15 an acre for the leases. Click here
for more information of natural gas plays in Virginia.
State Water Report 2011
This annual report, submitted to the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly
in accordance with Chapter 3.2 of Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia, describes the
status of the Commonwealth's surface and ground water resources, provides an
overview of climate conditions and impacts on water supplies in the
Commonwealth, and provides an update on the Commonwealth's Water Resources
Management Program for Calendar Year 2011.
of Municipal Wastewater
A new report by the National Research Council. <<CLICK HERE>>
A new study by scientists at Duke University (Geochemical evidence for possible natural
migration of Marcellus Formation brine to shallow aquifers in Pennsylvania) presents
evidence that fluids from deep shale-gas layers may be able to migrate into
shallower aquifers. The report shows that pathways, unrelated to recent drilling
activities, exist in some locations between deep underlying formations and shallow
drinking water aquifers. CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORT
North Carolina publishes a comprehensive study of oil and gas prospects,
including an analysis of shale gas and fracking.
Full report (very large file)
Groundwater Management Update
NEW INFORMATION COMING
The Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) appointed by Virginia DEQ to discuss the Notices of
Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to expand the Eastern Virginia Ground Water
Management Area to include the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula and various changes in
the groundwater withdrawal permitting process has completed its task.
The current groundwater management regulations are found in 9 VAC 25-600 and 9 VAC 25-
610. Presently, the only GWMAs are the Eastern Shore GWMA and the Eastern Virginia GWMA
(see: GWMA map). For a detailed description of the revisions to Virginia groundwater
management regulations, CLICK HERE.
Northumberland County Supervisors Approve Bluff Point PUD
At its meeting on December 8th, 2011, the Northumberland County Board of
Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a special exceptions permit for the proposed
Bluff Point PUD and specified Conditions required of the developer. Among these
Conditions is a requirement intended to address the impact of groundwater
withdrawals by the PUD. Unfortunately, the Condition is so poorly crafted--making
neither scientific nor administrative sense--that it provides no protection to the
wells and water supplies of households and communities in the vicinity of the PUD.
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO A CRITIQUE OF THE GROUNDWATER CONDITION
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Accepts Regional Water Supply
Plan On July 21, 2011, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission acted to:
1) Accept the plan as meeting the requirement of the HRPDC work program; and 2)
Distribute the Hampton Roads Regional Water Supply Plan to local governments
for adoption. CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO PLAN
Northumberland County Supervisors Adopt Regional Water Supply Plan
On July 14 the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the
NNPDC Regional Water Plan. CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF PLAN
Read Frank Fletcher's commentary on the water supply plan. CLICK HERE
DEQ Constructed More Monitoring Wells on Surprise Hill
On March 11 the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality awarded Water Well
Solutions of Mechanicsville a contract to drill two new groundwater monitoring
wells at the Surprise Hill station (Northumberland County). CLICK HERE FOR
The Virginia Department of Planning and Budget has released an Economic Impact Analysis of
the proposal to expand the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area.
This regulation was developed to implement the mandate of Senate Bill 1221 (2003,
c.227, SB1221), which requires that" "The Board, with the advice and guidance
from the Commissioner of Health, local governments, public service authorities,
and other interested parties, shall establish a comprehensive water supply
planning process for the development of local, regional and state water supply
plans consistent with the provisions of this chapter." Virginia's water quantity
management is summarized by Scott Kudlas, director of water supply planning for
VDEQ. CLICK HERE.
Real-Time Groundwater Levels from the USGS (by county)
This site displays groundwater hydrographs from 120 sites throughout Virginia. Scroll down to
the county that you want and click on one of the well sites. Now included is the new
groundwater observation well on Surprise Hill (Northumberland County).
For a map showing the locations of the State Groundwater Observation Wells, click here.