Fracking is the process where water & chemicals are forced down a well under pressure to fracture the shale, and release trapped natural gas.
This is a very attractive prospect to those in the natural gas business because it eliminates the necessity of building pipelines, becuse the fracking can be done in already existing natural gas fields.
If you have ever heard a natural gas well when it is brought in, and before it is capped, it sounds like a jet engine even a mile or more away. There is unlimited natural gas in WV.
I would encourage Harry to go slow on fracking, because even with tight water quality & water treatment regulations the profits from fracking will be huge.
In strip mining a/k/a mountain top removal the big players are becoming the (Hindoo) Indians & the Chinese.
Ever since the Civil War West Virginia's natural resources have been exploited for the most part by Northern corporations, and now multi-nationals. West Virginia, and West Virginians don't have a lot to show for it.