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The Page 12 " VOLUME 38, NUMBER 23 Colonial Beach Westmoreland MIXED ADC 207 000011 000001 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 985842263 ,,I.,,,.Ipll,tli,,llphp,hhlllll,,hp.-lm HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY JUNE 4, 2014 50CENTS Environmental assessment will be required before drilling is allowed LINDA FARNETH Westmoreland County, Montross and other localities around Virginia have received a small victory in the fight against fracking. In April, Montross joined West- moreland County in drafting and adopting a resolution, requesting that the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and the Secre- tary of Natural Resources complete a joint report and recommendation on matters related to the production of oil and gas in the Tidewater region, prior to approving any state permit for exploratory or production oil or gas wells in Westmoreland County. Montross sent a letter to the Gover- nor conveying this request Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Joseph Ward responded for Governor McAulliffe. Ward an- nounced in a letter dated May 2, to Mayor David R. O'Dell, Jr. that the Commonwealth will conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before any drilling permit can be issued for gas extraction from the Taylorsville Basin. The Taylorsville Basin is an ancient geologic formation and runs through a portion of Westmoreland County. It is believed to contain shale and to be rich in oil and natural gas. According tO Ward, the EIA will be reviewed by the Department of En- vironmental Quality (DEQ). The as- sessment must address the potential risks and impacts on water supplies and natural resources, as well as the economic, fiscal and infrastructural impacts on localities. The assessment also includes a re- v.iew by affected localities, planning districts and the general public; ac- cording to Ward. The resolutions are in response to Shore Exploration & Production Corporation (SE&PC) securing more than 84,000 acres of oil and gas leas- es on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, including portions of Westmoreland County. SE&PC re- cently announced that it expects to start drilling for oil and natural gas in the Taylorsville Basin in the next twelve months. Recently, Hydraulic Fracturing, or "Fracking" (as it has become named) has been used more, since traditional methods have depleted the easy to access fuel. Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas from deep layers in the earth. Developed in the 1940s, fracking has become a more popular way of obtaining natural gas by petroleum companies. However, many citizens oppose the procedure, and there are countless claims of See FRACKING, page 3 COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC CELEBRATES-OPENING Jessica Herrink Pastor Sherman Davis, Congressman Rob Wittman, Dr. Brian Josephs, Dr. Roberto Canizares, Dr. Roosevelt Dean, Arlene Jacovelli, Bishop E. W. Jackson and Dr. Michael Costa pose before the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Community Care Clinic Saturday afternoon.The clinic, at 11131 Journal Parkway, has been open four months. See the story on page 12. , : WM Judicial Center nears completion RICHARD LEGGITT The Colonial style columns have been installed, the interior of the building is nearing completion and employees of the Westmoreland County courts, the sheriff's office, the county voter registrar and the Commonwealth's attorney's office are preparing to move into the new Westmoreland County Judicial Center. ' "We are. looking at the third week of July as the moving date;' said Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi. "We have to try to plan everything so we will be ready." The new 40,000-square foot, two- story building has been constructed on property adjacent to the county's George English Memorial Building, which currently houses county offices as well as the courts. The new red brick judicial center building, which is being constructed at a cost of almost $9 million, has been built with security as its main goal. "We are relying on the state Supreme Court for their advice" Risavi said. And getting the building finished to the specifications of the court and the judges has taken some additional time, according See CENTER, page 3 j, lm,.. Artist's Melanie Stimmell and Anat Ronen work on one of three murals as part of revitalization efforts for the Town of Montross. Montross will unveil three murals during First F 'iday Art Walk -Ihis month's First Friday Art Walk in Montross will be packed with activities. Aside from the area locations featuring artwork, locals and visitors will get a chance to view the progress of the three murals contracted by Bridget's Boutique, Carrot Cottage, and The Westmoreland County Museum. World-renowned artists Melanie Stimmell and'Anat Ronen have come a long way to produce three murals with a village theme to boost the town's revitalization efforts, already underway. StimmelI is from California anti is well known for her 3-D Renaissance- style street paintings, as well as her work on the iconic animated series, South Park. Ronen, born and raised in the State of Israel, is Currently living in Houston, Texas. However, her work takes her all over the country. Ronen's first large-scale project was four murals on the Galveston Causeway, which measures ninety feet long. Currently, she has created over 400 smaller murals along highways, on commercial buildings, schools, churches and even private homes. The two artists will be on hand Friday, June 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the Art Walk to meet with art walkers and media. Xhe gathering is being co-hosted by the Greater Montross Partnership for ReVitalization (GMPFR) and the Montross RevitaliZation Steering Committee. Events will feature a wine garden hosted by Hague Winery, live music by the Blackthorn String Band, and some local high school students will be putting on street performances. Aside from the new murals, the following local shops will be displaying artwork from local and visiting artists; The Art of Coffee, Carrot Cottage, See MURALS, page 3 COLONIAL BEACH POTOMAC RIVER FESTIVAL BABY CONTEST WINNERS 6 -12 Mo. Girl's Winner-Serenity Rollins, CB., Runner Up-Sophia Flores, Fredericksburg. Boys; Winner, Nicolas Reed, Clinton, Md. Runner Up- Carter Phillips, CB. 1-2 Yrs, G rl's; Winner-Emma Jett, CB, Runner Up-Melani Mathes, Alexan- dria. Boy's; Winner-Bentley Hardin, LaPlata, MD.Waltez Gerring, Mance- Iona, MI., 3-4Yrs. Girl's Winner-Genevieve Forster, CB. Runner Up-Josie Carpenter, 5-6 Yrs. Winner-McKenzie Phillips, CB., Runner Up-Summer Allison, King Milford, VA. Boy Winner-Mason Morris, CB. George. The CBVFD-LA would like to send out a "Big & Gladys Marine Yachting Co., LLCI Pearsons Towne Ins. Agency-CB, Relda Schick-Coldwell Thank You" to all the people who gave door Mini Storage, R. K. Payne, American Legion Banker, Green Acres, Rankins-CB, McDonalds- prizes and money donations. Gladys Marine, Inc. Post 148, Fraternal Order of Eagles #4315, Olde CB, CiCi's Pizza, Dawna Tucker-Avon, Domino's, CBVFD CONTEST WINNERS Jr. Miss Winner-Tyra Rollins, CB ; 2) CB. Miss CBVFD & Miss Photogenic- Maddison Galyen, Fredericksburg, VA; 3)Little Miss CBVFD, Winner- Adaleen Butler, Culpeper, VA. a// photos by Bonnie Gouvisis Vinny's, The Journal, King's Pizza, Tanglez, Flowers from Callo as a gift. 6 , 2