The United States Department of Agriculture decided that there were some trees in Ohio that were more important than the livelihood of 200,000 American workers, so, on behalf of eco-Marxists everywhere, they squashed the whole fracking business until it can be studied, because things are different now, or something:
President Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF). The move was taken in deference to environmentalists, on the pretext of studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing.
“Conditions have changed since the 2006 Forest Plan was developed,” announced WNF Supervisor Anne Carey on Tuesday. “The technology used in the Utica & Marcellus Shale formations need to be studied to see if potential effects to the surface are significantly different than those identified in the Forest Plan.” The study will take up to six months to complete. The WNF study reportedly “will focus solely on how it could affect forest land,” despite the significance of hydraulic fracturing to united proponents of the delay, “and not how it could affect groundwater.”
They need to study how environmental policy has affected energy production in America.
But the trees are more important than 200,000 workers trying to feed their kids, right? Not to mention the millions that could benefit from the increase in natural gas production.
It’s all about the natural environment. They can’t have things like this going on there:
Speaking of the WNF gas drilling, one environmentalist group spokesman suggested that moving forward with drilling “could turn the Ohio Valley into Ozone Alley,” even though Wayne National Forest already has nearly 1300 oil and gas wells in operation which this study does not affect.
Yeah, you read that right.
But I have to correct myself. Dropping the lease doesn’t stop 200,000 jobs.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently estimated that drilling in the Utica shale, which is affected by the suspension of the mineral lease auctions, would produce up 204,500 jobs by 2015.
But relax. The USDA says only 200 jobs or so will be delayed. And they’re the experts on this stuff you know. The USDA. Right.