The Wilderness Society standing against gas drilling

FrackingThe Wilderness Society is taking a stand against natural gas drilling in the George Washington National Forest. In a report issued Tuesday by the conservation group, the 1.1-million-acre forest is among 12 wilderness places in the U.S. deemed “too wild to drill.” The U.S. Forest Service is expected to decide whether to allow drilling in a forest management plan due out in late August or early September. Opponents have said a drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would threaten the forest and drilling’s industrial footprint is incompatible with the forest’s wildlife and outdoor recreation. Fracking uses a chemical-laced fluid injected into the earth to free natural gas trapped deep underground. The George Washington National Forest is the largest national forest on the East Coast.