George Washington National Forest

Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site on June 19, 2012 in South Montrose, Pa. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Energy Industry Heavyweights Arguing Against Outright Ban On ‘Fracking’ In National Park

Environmental groups are fearful that a new blueprint for the 1.1-million-acre George Washington National Forest will open the largest federally protected forest in the East to a form of natural gas drilling that has spawned its own environmental movement.


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Virginia Residents: Back Horizontal Drill Ban In U.S. Park

Virginians who commented on a new management plan for the George Washington National Forest support a proposed ban on a much-criticized type of natural gas drilling in the forest’s 1 million acres, an analysis of more than 53,000 public submissions concludes.