Thanks, Sens. Kaine And Warner, For Protecting GW Forest

Posted: September 25, 2013

I would like to thank Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, for their good common sense, often uncommon in politics. Both senators recently wrote in support of the ban on horizontal fracking proposed for the George Washington National Forest.

Thousands of privately owned acres are available for leasing, while the public national forest contributes amenities that no private owners can to the $286 million and nearly 2,000 jobs from tourism last year in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County alone.

More vital even than money is drinking water: Streams from the GWNF eventually reach millions of people in Richmond and Washington, D.C., not to mention the Chesapeake Bay.  After scrutinizing abundant evidence, Messrs. Kaine and Warner concluded that fracking requires highly industrial and potentially dangerous operations that could severely damage the forest far into the future.

Thank you, senators, for your conservation values.

Chris Bolgiano
Fulks Run

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