A natural gas drilling rig on the Marcellus Shale formation. (Courtesy: Trans Energy Inc.)
Members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors say they need more information before they decide whether to allow natural gas drilling in the county.
The Bristol Herald Courier reports that the board discussed the issue at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Supervisor Odell Owens says there is a lot of concern about groundwater.
Abingdon-based Southeast Land and Mineral has proposed drilling four wells in the Benhams area of the county. If the first wells are successful, the company would drill in the northern part of the county.
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