Friday, August 14, 2009

Oil and Gas Drilling is Transforming the Allegheny National Forest

According to Alan Gregory's Conservation News, "The Allegheny is the most heavily drilled federal public land anywhere. It is a veritable pincushion of drill pads, storage tanks, roads, clearcuts, holding ponds and pollution." In 2007 the Allegheny Defense Project published this slideshow of aerial views of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. At that time, the ANF had approximately 9,000 active oil and gas wells... more than all other national forests combined! The Forest Service predicts that if current rates of drilling continue, there could be 20,000 wells by 2020 and an additional 3,000 miles of roads. According to the ADP, "The oil and gas industry, the Forest Service, and the PA DEP all share the blame for what is happening in Pennsylvania's only national forest."



  1. The Allegheny National Forest is being destroyed by the gas industry with the permission and consent of public officials. This is a travesty of monumental proportions. How can this be happening? Have people gone mad?

  2. WOW. I didn't know about this, must have missed it when browsing through past posts. Doesn't NATIONAL FOREST mean that there is some kind of protection in place for that land? I'm appalled.

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