Fracking in Northwest Georgia

Information about the Threat of Hydraulic Fracturing and Oil and Gas Exploration in the upper Coosa River basin.

Much of the upper Coosa River basin sits atop the Conasauga Shale Field, a deep underground geologic formation that energy companies believe can be tapped to extract natural gas. In recent years, representatives from energy companies have solicited local property owners seeking to purchase mineral rights leases for the purposes of establishing wells in the area. it is likely that if wells are established they will use the highly controversial drilling method of hydraulic facturing, commonly known as "fracking." 

What's Fracking and Why Is it a Threat? 

SELC FRACKING

Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of chemical laden water thousands of feet underground to break up shale and release natural gas. Fracking wells have been associated with contamination of groundwater and surface water and caused earthquakes and sinkholes. 

Additionally, the heavy industry has transformed rural communities, flooding them with heavy truck traffic while also causing noise, air and visual pollution. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW "FRACKING 1O1" A SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER POWER POINT PRESENTATION THAT GIVES THE BASICS ABOUT FRACKING. 

Sign the Floyd County Fracking Petition

If you live or work in or visit Floyd County regularly and you don't want to see the enchanted land of mountains and rivers destroyed by oil and gas wells and fracking, you should sign CRBI's online petition. The petition urges local leaders to investigate existing local ordinances and determine if additional regulations are needed to protect our communities, our property, our water and our way of life. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Fracking Information Resources 

LOCAL OPPOSITION 

Citizens in northwest Georgia have organized to protect their rural communities from the threat of fracking. CLICK HERE TO LIKE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE! 
 

GEORGIA STATE RULES REGULATING DRILLING ACTIVITY

Georgia law provides little protection for local communities dealing with activities associated with fracking. CLICK HERE TO READ GEORGIA RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR DRILLING FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS
 

NATURE JOURNAL OF SCIENCE ARTICLE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NATURAL GAS

 

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION REPORTS ON NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA 

 

ROME NEWS TRIBUNE REPORT ON MINERAL RIGHTS LEASES 

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