Enjoy, Explore, and Protect the Planet Sierra Club Allegheny Group, Pennsylvania Chapter

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Damaging Allegheny NF Decision Appealed by Environmentalists

Photo: Allegheny Defense Project

One hundred miles north of Pittsburgh the Allegheny National Forest, one of the natural gems of our whole region, is severely threatened by fracking for oil and gas. In September a U.S. District Judge ruled that the U.S. Forest Service has limited authority to regulate oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny NF. As part of a long legal battle, the Allegheny Defense Project and the Sierra Club have begun to appeal that decision. The groups argue that the decision is flawed because it ignores the history of why Pennsylvania’s only national forest was created and it will lead to further degradation of the forest during the Marcellus Shale gas boom.

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