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Fracking on agenda at town halls

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘Almost heaven,’ or fracking hell?

Fracking is on the agenda at the next two town-hall meetings offered by King George Board of Supervisors’ members.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process that injects high volumes of water, chemicals and sand into the ground to release trapped natural gas or oil.

At Cedell Brooks Jr.’s town-hall meeting on Thursday, which starts at 6 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, former Del. Albert Pollard will give a presentation about fracking and show photos of its impact in other areas.

At Ruby Brabo’s town-hall meeting on Monday, at 7 p.m. at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren campus, representatives of Shore Exploration and Production  Corp. will present information about their operation. Except for brief remarks at area meetings, the presentation will be the first time Shore officials have spoken publicly about their plans.

Ed DeJarnette, chairman of Shore’s board who owns property in Caroline County, is scheduled to attend along with Kenneth Snow, who lives in Essex County. Members of the audience will be able to ask questions.