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Staunton Councilors Hope to Ban Natural Gas Drilling in National Forest

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Staunton City Council is considering lobbying lawmakers in Washington to ban natural gas drilling near the city's water supply.    

Councilor Erik Curren says a draft letter to senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine is circulating among council members. It would send City Council's support for a ban on hydrofracking in the George Washington National Forest.     

"Not only would that cost the city and the citizens extra money but it could endanger the high quality of the water supply we now enjoy - not just for years but for decades in the future.  So, hydrofracking is something really dangerous," said Curren.

City Council is expected to discuss the proposed fracking ban and review a letter to the senators at its meeting Thursday night.

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