Congress Pressures GWNF to Change Proposed Safeguards for Drinking Water

On Friday, July 8th, two Congressional subcommittees held a joint oversight hearing on potential regulation of hydrofracking on public lands, in response to the U.S. Forest Service’s draft GWNF management plan, which calls for a ban on horizontal drilling for natural gas in the GW to ensure public drinking water protection.

Three Valley counties and two cities – Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Harrisonburg and Staunton –  along with the cities of Roanoke and Lynchburg asked the Forest Service for restrictions on natural gas hydrofracking on the George Washington National Forest, at least until increased federal and state regulation and oversight are in place.

July 7th letter from fifty-three conservation groups supporting the GWNF proposal (PDF)

Link to the hearing webpage:

http://naturalresources.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=249479

Read SVN’s testimony:

 http://naturalresources.house.gov/UploadedFiles/WoffordTestimony07.08.11.pdf

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