news release from Wayne National Forest announcing findings of a recent study

NEWS RELEASE

● Wayne National Forest ● 13700 US HWY 33

Nelsonville, Ohio 45764-9880 ● Voice (740) 753-0101●Twitter: @waynenationalfs

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gary C. Chancey, Public Affairs Staff Officer, (740) 753-0862

 

Wayne National Forest Announces Findings from Recent Study

 

NELSONVILLE, OH – Wayne National Forest Supervisor Anne Carey today (8/27/12) signed a Finding for the Supplemental Information Report that concludes that at this time, there is no need to correct or amend the 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) in order to address the surface impacts of horizontal drilling for oil or natural gas development on the Forest, nor is there a need to supplement the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that was prepared for the Forest Plan.

 

“I have reviewed the new information contained in the Supplemental Information Report, and determined that further environmental analysis is not needed,” said Carey.  “I believe that the existing Forest Plan direction is adequate to address the surface effects anticipated from the potential development of horizontal wells as projected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).”

The BLM has found that it is now economically feasible for deep well horizontal drilling using high volume hydraulic fracturing, a change from the previous projection, which said it wasn’t economically feasible. The report also explains that through 2016 that there is the potential for 13 high volume horizontal drilling well sites to be developed on the Wayne National Forest. 

Oil and natural gas development is an important component of the nation’s energy portfolio, and has the potential to advance our nation’s energy security, improve air quality, and create jobs. The responsibility of the U.S. Forest Service is to safely and responsively develop these resources in a way that ensures the well-being of surrounding communities and protects our landscapes and watersheds.

The Supplemental Information Report is available on the Forest web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wayne/landmanagement/planning?cid=stelprdb5387922

Learn more about Wayne National Forest oil and gas management on the Forest web site at: http://fs.usda.gov/detail/wayne/home/?cid=stelprdb5376502

Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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One response to “news release from Wayne National Forest announcing findings of a recent study

  1. I called Gary C. Chancey, the Public Affairs Staff Officer, for the Wayne National Forest operation here in Athens. His news release is disheartening. He contends that there is no need to “correct or amend the 2006 Land and Resource Plan.” As I have understood this plan, it did not examine the high-volume, deep, horizontal, hydraulic mining that only began to be used in Ohio over the last 2 or 3 years. We have yet to see such a mine in Athens County. Gay also says there is no need to supplement the Environmental Impact Statement that the Wayne Forest Service already had on file.

    I called Gary and asked him to send me a copy of the full report that includes the statements just referred to. I have a supposition that the report may reflect the limited authority and responsibility the local office has with respect to mining projects in the forest. All along, I and others have been concerned about from where the mining projects would draw the massive quantities of water that fracking requires and how and where they would dispose of the huge amounts of waste-water that is produced with each single fracking operation. There are many other concerns.

    I’ll wait to read the report before responding any more than I have.

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