Brent Finnegan -- October 6th, 2010
The U.S. Forest Service held a public meeting Tuesday in Verona to discuss possible revisions to their land management plan in George Washington National Forest over the next 15 years. The USFS is in the process of determining where companies may drill for natural gas using the controversial hydrofracturing, or hydrofracking method.
Rebecca Martinez reported in today’s News Leader that more than 50 people attended the public meeting. Several attendees expressed concerns over the environmental impact of using so much water to drill into the shale.
Of the alternative plans, besides the one that would not allow drilling, one would allow the status quo to continue, another would ban horizontal drilling and three would require a moratorium on drilling pending the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on hydrofracking or a waiting period (read more).
NBC 29 reported:
The plans range from allowing miles of new roads to be built each year to ripping out roads. Some plans add hiking and ATV trails while others close recreation sites. This first complete forest plan update since 1993 also deals with a new environmental and economic concern where to permit oil and gas drilling . . .
The forest service will select the preferred plan and put out an environmental impact statement in January. Then you’ll have 90-days to comment before a final forest plan is put into action around this time next year.