Virginia's Natural Gas Industry- Powering America - Fueling Virginia Communities
Virginia’s Natural Gas Industry has made it a priority to focus on the safe and environmentally sound production, extraction, and transportation of the state’s natural gas resources for more than 80 years.
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Reclamation and Reintroduction - Virginia’s Natural Gas Industry has made it a priority to focus on the safe and environmentally sound production, extraction, and transportation of the state’s natural gas resources. Utilizing specially chosen seed mixes in the reclamation of gas well sites, the gas industry has been able to provide safe and beautiful habitats for many of Virginia’s wildlife species including; elk, wild turkey, quail and variety of birds not seen in the area in decades.
Elk roamed Virginia long before the Commonwealth was settled. The end of Virginia's native elk population occurred in the mid-1800s. Subsequent attempts through the years to reintroduce elk into Virginia were unsuccessful until multiple members of Virginia’s Natural Gas Industry partnered with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) to provide safe, thriving emerging ecological systems for these great animals.
The elk reintroduction project is one of many which has shown that wildlife, gas drilling and fracking can thrive side by side without harmful impacts. Industry members have received multiple recognitions and awards from the VDGIF, RMEF, and National Wild Turkey Federation for the roles they have played as good environmental stewards throughout the years.