Today the U.S. Forest Service announced that the federal management plan will reverse an outright fracing ban that was proposed in 2011 for the George Washington National Forest, according to a news release from the Forest Service.

The decision was highly anticipated by environmentalists and the energy industry because about half of the 1.1 million-acre forest sits atop the Marcellus shale formation. In the end, the Forest Service came to a compromise between the two groups.

The new plan opens 167,000 acres to drilling that already had ex...

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