Fracking to Occur in National Forest

Posted November 20, 2014 at 5:05am

The Associated Press reports that “over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia’s governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast.”  

“The U.S. Forest Service originally planned to ban fracking in the 1.1 million-acre George Washington National Forest, but energy companies cried foul after a draft of the plan was released in 2011. It would have been the first outright ban on the practice in a national forest.”  

“’We think we’ve ended up in a much better place, which is we are allowing oil and gas drilling,’ Robert Bonnie, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for natural resources and environment, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.”