Feds Approve Fracking In Massive Washington National Forest – 20 November 2014

RT logoA federally sanctioned decision announced this week will mean fracking can soon occur within portions of the largest national forest in the eastern half of the United States.

On Tuesday, the US Forest Service greenlighted a plan that installs rules that will let energy companies conduct hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the massive multistate George Washington National Forest.

Environmentalists had largely tried to keep the forest free of fracking operations, in which chemicals are pumped deep below the ground in order to extract natural gas, arguing against the potential polluting of the area’s water supply and other unknown risks that remain possible repercussions from the relatively new and often controversial drilling practice.

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