This month, a victory for all Ohioans was achieved when a U.S. federal judge ruled to halt fracking in the Wayne National Forest, Ohio’s only national forest land. The ruling declared that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management failed to take into account the negative impacts on the region’s air quality, species and watersheds when over 40,000 acres were opened to fracking.
The Wayne National Forest is one of Ohio’s recreational treasures, and the news is a win for all who enjoy this land. Yet despite this good news, the oil and gas industry continues to remain a risk to air quality for the rest of the state and country. The oil and gas industry is the nation’s primary source of methane, the main component of natural gas. Methane and other co-released pollutants pose a significant threat to climate and health.