Yesterday, by unanimous vote of the two commissioners present, the Hampshire County Commission established the Hampshire County Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Committee--the first county in West Virginia to create an advisory body on the controversial issue of using the process of hydraulic fracture, or "fracking," to extract natural gas.
Michael O'Brien of the Hampshire Review will likely have some coverage of the county commission meeting in today's paper. I'll be back in a few days with my own reflections on where the process now stands.
As the author of the resolution that the commissioners adopted, I would like to acknowledge three individuals whose alertness to what potential dangers the fracking process brings to our community brought my attention to this issue: my partner, Nancy Pfaff, and my friends Bill Arnold and Jim Dodgins.
If their example of informed citizenship would be followed by others, this nation and this world would both be better places. Our community owes them much gratitude.