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VA GOP U.S. Senate Nominee Daniel Gade Apparently Thinks Staunton and...

The 2020 Virginia GOP nominee for US Senate, Daniel Gade, who mostly seems to spend his time ranting on social media and in fundraising...

Video: Sen. Tim Kaine Makes the Case for Jennifer Lewis (VA-06)...

Check out the following video from Breaking Through News: "Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Sixth Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jennifer Lewis were guest...

Digging Down to Find the Truth About Natural Gas Drilling


In a sense, Rockingham County is a fitting name and place for Virginia's first test-case of Big Gas's ability to "fracture" Virginia's portion of the Marcellus Shale. This geologically named and Republican dominated (at least as far as the Rockingham Board of Supervisors in Rockingham County is concerned) portion of Virginia was said to be an "ideal place" to construct Virginia's first natural gas well in the Marcellus Shale not only due to its proximity to other natural gas extraction operations in West Virginia but also because of its Republican leaning Board of Supervisors. Luckily for Virginians, a Republican supervisor, Pablo Cuevas, dug a little deeper into the possible consequences of what drilling would mean for his district of Bergton and he didn't like what he saw or the answers that he was given.

It's become a trope, but Pablo Cuevas demonstrates the non-partisan nature of environmental issues like natural gas drilling. Pablo didn't inherently accept the fact that natural gas drilling's benefits ("billions of dollars in new revenues" and of course jobs) would outweigh the costs. Pablo didn't put the interests of Big Gas ahead of the interests of the people he represented. Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that at least one state agency, the Department of Mines, Mineral and Energy was willing to put the interests of Big Gas over those of Rockingham County's inhabitants. Actually, that's not much of a surprise, is it?