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The Fracking Fight Goes to Washington

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By Dusty Horwitt

September 10, 2013

New York City is not the only major metro area whose drinking water supply could be threatened by shale gas drilling.  The Washington, DC area has joined the club.

That’s because the U.S. Forest Service could decide as early as October 2013 to allow horizontal drilling for shale gas in the George Washington National Forest, a 1.1. million-acre tract located in western Virginia and West Virginia that is the closest National Forest to Washington D.C. and contains the headwaters of the Potomac River that provides drinking water to more than 4 million people in the Washington area.

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