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Fracking vote remains on hold

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:03 am

More than 70 protestors gathered against fracking in Westmoreland County earlier this year.

Anti-fracking citizens are still waiting for the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors to vote on new gas and oil exploration ordinances that the BOS feels would highly restrict future hydraulic fracturing operations in Westmoreland should the gas and oil industry decide to take advantage of leased lands here in the county.

However, vote on these new laws has been held off indefinitely while Supervisor Dorothy Tate cares for her husband, who was injured in a June 4 traffic accident.
Roy Wendell Tate was traveling eastbound on Route 3 when an accident occurred in front of him and his truck was involved. Virginia State Police investigated the crash on June 4 at approximately 6 p.m. It was determined that a 2013 Hyundai Elantra traveling Eastbound on Rt 3 crossed the center double yellow lines and struck a 2007 Ford U-Haul truck head on.

The U-Haul was traveling westbound on Rt 3. After striking the Hyundai the U-Haul then crossed the yellow lines into the oncoming lanes and was struck in the passenger door by a 2006 Ford F150 driven by Mr. Tate.

The U-Haul and the Ford pickup then left the roadway on the eastbound side, traveled down an embankment, and the U-Haul rolled over the pickup and came to rest on the driver’s side of the U-Haul. Mr. Tate survived but was seriously injured during the crash.

Chairman Darryl Fisher stated in June it was his intent to approach the Board about placing the matter on the agenda, however the Board of Supervisors decided to wait and see when Supervisor Dorothy Tate would return in order to allow her the opportunity to take part in the decision.

Fisher said, “All of the public hearings have been held, it is now up to the board to render a decision.”

Fisher had hoped to place the matter on the agenda for August or September but as of Friday, June 11, no word was given to staff on when the regulations will be voted on.

Read more of this story in the August 16 issue of the Westmoreland News.