Following its final Environmental Assessment and a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has decided to offer 40,000 acres of Wayne National Forest—Ohio’s only national forest—up for fracking.
Fracking could extend to other areas in Ohio, even a national forest. Wayne National Forest is located in southeast Ohio.
The BLM is now planning an online auction on Dec. 13 to lease the first 1,600 acres of the forest near Monroe, Noble and Washington counties to oil and gas development. The minimum acceptable bid can be as little as $2 per acre.
Local environmental groups and activists have unsurprisingly spoken out against the unconventional drilling of their state’s sole national forest.
When will it be more than just environmentalists who speak out against things like this? Where are the people of Ohio? You Ohioans ready for earthquakes? You ready to risk your water? $2 per acre – that’s beyond sad, it’s disgusting.