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GEORGE WASHINGTON FOREST-FRACKING
Opponents of fracking in George Washington National Forest argue point with report
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:03 AM EDT
Opponents of opening the George Washington National Forest to fracking for natural gas have released a report that they say proves the drilling practice would be harmful to the largest federal forest on the East Coast.
Called "Fracking by the Numbers," the study looks at the impact of fracking on a national basis. It concludes that more than 360,000 U.S. acres have been damaged by fracking since 2005.
The science on the drilling practice has not been conclusive.
The Forest Service expects to release a management plan next month. The forest is primarily located in Virginia but also overlaps the state line into West Virginia.