Keep the Limits on Fracking- Take Action Now!
The US Forest Service is under intense pressure by the gas industry to abandon its proposal to prohibit horizontal drilling on more than one million acres on the George Washington National Forest. This ban is intended to limit or prevent the riskiest fracking, with large volumes of water and chemicals, on any future federal oil and gas leases on this Forest.
Please tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, that the agency must stand firm. Let him know the well-considered ban was supported by 10 local governments and the great majority (95 percent) of more than 53,000 public comments on the new GW National Forest management plan, which will guide forest land uses for the next 15 years.
The George Washington National Forest hosts more than a million visitors each year, supplies drinking water to more than 260,000 local residents, and is headwaters of the Potomac and the James River, the drinking water sources for millions in cities such as Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. The Forest Service decision to prohibit horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest is a well-justified and sensible precaution in light of the well-documented environmental impacts of hydrofracking.
Click here to send a letter directly to Secretary Vilsack to ask him to encourage the Forest Service to stand firm on the GW Forest ban on fracking. The Secretary of Agriculture needs to hear from each of us who values the integrity of our national forest lands.
Thank you for your support on this critical issue!