Talking about fracking
Sarah Francisco, right, attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, talks to a group of reporters in the George Washington National Forest last week about the effects of horizontal drilling for natural gas. Sam O'Keefe/The News & Advance
Fracking the landscape
The George Washington National Forest supplies drinking water to 260,000 people, and decisions to allow horizontal drilling for natural gas will have an impact on those residents. Sam O'Keefe/The News & Advance
George Washington Forest
The United States Forest Service has announced a planned burn for certain areas of the George Washington Forest in Amherst County.
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 10:00 am
Updated: 5:30 am, Wed Mar 18, 2015.
Apparently for the first time in America, the U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to allow horizontal drilling for natural gas, in the George Washington National Forest.
Energy companies are saying “yes,” environmental activists are saying “no,” and governments are divided on whether roads, trucks and drilling equipment should be permitted in the national forest, a source of drinking water for 260,000 people.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 10:00 am.
Updated: 5:30 am.