The state’s new permit conditions are perhaps the most cautious yet put in place in the nation.
Pennsylvania’s governor suggests lifting the state’s ban on fracking in state forests. Though it could increase revenues for the state, opponents say the environmental costs are too high.
In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources found that the state could not lease any more forest land without severely impairing the ecologically-fragile integrity of the ecosystem. The report indicated that expanded fracking of the region would