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T he King George Volume 37, Number 43 The King George Board of Supervisors has directed County Attorney Eric Gregory to prepare a report for the board on the status of state laws, regulations and county ordinances in regard to fracking. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a process whereby chemicals and water are forced deep into the ground to fracture the shale rock strata to release natural gas. The discussion on the topic was likely prompted by calls and emails from constituents in the county who are hearing about recent activity by commercial companies to acquire more mineral rights leases from residents in King George and the region, as they did previously in the mid-1980s. At that time, the exploratory drilling for oil was halted in 1992, after companies failed to find oil in commercial quantities on three farms in King George, according to archived news reports from the Baltimore Sun. At the time, it was said by oil company representatives that natural gas might be more likely to be found underground in this Wednesday, October 23, 2013 50 Cents helping you relate to your community Supervisors to review state laws, regs and ordinances on fracking Phyllis Cook POSTAL CUSTOMER area. The same companies are talking about going forward to investigate the likelihood of finding large quantities of gas and oil. Since that time, new technology, including hydraulic fracturing, has provided the ability for drillers to recover natural gas more economically if it is available in commercial quantities. Environmentalists say the fracking process consumes huge amounts of water and that the chemicals used can pollute aquifers. King George’s entire water supply is dependent on wells fed from underground aquifers. Ruby Brabo brought the topic up during her board member report at last week’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 15. Brabo said, “As the discussion of fracking in this region becomes more prevalent, I was wondering what role, if any, this Board shall play regarding the possibility of fracking in our county.” Chairman Dale Sisson suggested that current state law could be looked See fracking, page 3 Ruth Herrink remembered by county leaders Fox field hockey reigns supreme Phyllis Cook Leonard Banks The Foxes varsity field hockey team improved to 9-6 (3rd in conference) with a 3-0 win over visiting Spotsylvania. The Foxes conclude their regular season on Wednesday, against Caroline. Dahlgren Heritage Museum opens Naval artifacts and sea stories abound Marty van Duyne News Net News Dahlgren — About 50 people crowded into the former Potomac Gateway Welcome Center Saturday to welcome the new Dahlgren Heritage Museum to the area. Though the building is somewhat small, the history within its walls has had a big impact on the region. The museum that is located at the base of the Harry W. Nice Bridge across from Naval Support Facility Dahlgren is expected to help boost tourism to the area and expand the economic base. President of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum Foundation Ed Jones said the building was in an ideal location. However, he joked that a new site would be found for the museum so it didn’t end up on the bridge when the new structure is realigned to the building’s current location. Jones, the former Free-Lance Star editor spent his childhood at Dahlgren and attended school on base. He noted the importance of the base saying its presence helped the area evolve from a rural farming community to an intellectual technology center for the Navy. A sampling of the technology developed onboard the base is on exhibit at the museum. The artifacts provide a bridge between old and new technology and visitors are greeted with a model of the XI-Inch Dahlgren Shell Gun at the main entrance. A Norden bombsight that helped See Museum, page 3 ©Marty van Duyne/News net News Captain Pete Nette, Commanding Officer, NSF-Dahlgren, Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo, Ed Jones, Robert Gates, James Monroe Supervisor John LoBuglio and At-Large Supervisor Dale Sisson participated in the ribbon cutting to opening the Dahlgren Heritage Museum. Supervisors nix trees from Dominion Power at Ralph Bunche Phyllis Cook The Board of Supervisors last week agreed to nix an offer from Dominion Power to plant trees in front of the historic Ralph Bunche high school property. The discussion took place at last week’s meeting on Oct. 15, sparked by an agenda item that brought Tim Smith, county director of Parks & Recreation, to the podium to talk about the landscaping offer from Dominion Power. Formal action to include refusing the trees is expected to be taken at a meeting next month. But, in the meantime, Supervisors asked if they might be provided a range of other alternative options that might be forthcoming from the power company instead of trees. That was a suggestion from Joe Grzeika, which got agreement from other members of the board. That decision was also in concert with the Ralph Bunche Advisory committee, which had discussed the topic at each of its last two monthly meetings. Smith explained the reason for the tree planting offer by Dominion Power is to lessen the visual impact from the historic Ralph Bunche school building from the company’s new power lines and poles. The new lines and poles are planned to be installed as part of the company’s new transmission main line. Those lines are to be located on the opposite side of US 301. Ruth Herrink was remembered by King George leaders last week. Condolences were expressed by several members of the King George Board of Supervisors at their meeting last week on Oct. 15, three days after the death of The Journal’s editor and publisher who died Saturday, Oct. 12 at the age of 87. Supervisor Joe Grzeika marked her passing and provided a remembrance. Grzeika said, “This past week, we lost one of the stalwarts in our community. She was a woman who, if you knew her, you knew she had an opinion. And she let you know what it was.” He added, “Ruth Herrink, who led The Journal as its editor for three decades, she certainly will be missed.” Grzeika added, “She was involved in all that went on in the background and foreground of all that went on in King George County. And was someone from whom you could definitely always get an opinion on any topic. She will be missed.” Supervisor Ruby Brabo read from her prepared remarks, saying, “The passing of Ruth Herrink this past week was a shock to many in the community.” She added, “While Ruth and I did not always agree, I enjoyed our conversations. She definitely has left a mark on the community and will be remembered.” Supervisor John LoBuglio stated, “My sympathy goes out to Ruth Herrink’s family on their loss.” LoBuglio added, “She was a big community leader.” Supervisor Chairman Dale Sisson stated, “I also want to express my condolences to the family of Ruth Herrink.” He added, “I’ve known Ruth and Jessica for years, and their entire family, and appreciate all that they’ve done.” Shiloh Park update Saints defeat Bears The King George Board of Supervisors, last week on Oct. 15, awarded a bid for construction of a recreational access road for the Shiloh Park project to W.C. Spratt, Inc., of Fredericksburg, in the amount of $129,361. The recreational access road will run from the end of Henry Griffin Road (Route 704) down to the park’s parking area. The cost of the paved road is being paid by state funds. The funding was successfully sought from state grant funding, approved and appropriated by Supervisors in June from the State Recreational Road Access Fund, and administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The approved amount was up to $195,000 in grant funds to go toward design and construction, which is 100 percent reimbursable from the state, with no local matching funds required. But, county supervisors and the committee don’t want the trees, since planting two clumps of three trees each in front of the historic building would also screen the public’s view of the building from US 301. Smith also said the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association had also weighed in against the tree screening idea. The Ralph Bunche Advisory committee had been established by Supervisors over a year ago at the request of the alumni group. The committee is charged to make specific recommendations to the board for future uses to be put to the former school building. After uses are recommended to Supervisors, a final use plan is adopted, and the building gets a needed renovation. All involved want the building to be visible to the public as a historic building, and also to those in the future who wish to visit it or attend events held there. BACKGROUND According to Smith, a representative from Dominion Power had contacted Travis Quesenberry, county administrator in August. It was referred to Smith as a county member of the committee. 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