The U.S. Forest Service says the shale drilling technique for natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking can take place in a national forest in southeast Ohio.
Forest Supervisors say that plan released on Monday can adequately address any damage and risks to the forest from the gas extraction.
Nathan Johnson, a staff attorney with the Buckeye Forest Council, told CantonRep.com that the group is extremely disappointed with the Forest Service??s finding and thinks it??s ??a bad decision.??
"The analysis in the 2006 plan doesn??t consider the potential impact of shale fracking on the environment," Johnson said.
Officials began reviewing the drilling technology and the 2006 plan after local governments and environmental groups objected to the proposed leasing of more than 3,000 acres of mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.
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