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Ozark Society seeks injunction against fracking expansion in National Forest

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An environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking at least a temporary halt to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling in Ozark National Forest.

According to a report from The Arkansas Times, The Ozark Society filed a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction against more fracking drilling in the national forest, at least until the federal government has completed a full environmental impact study of fracking.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been crafting that safety review and impact study for at least two years and it is expected to be released some time in 2012. The report has been delayed several times for various reasons.

In its lawsuit, according to the report, the federal agencies which have allowed fracking drilling in Ozark National Forest “haven’t adequately considered impact on endangered species, roadless areas and wild and scenic rivers.”

Additionally, natural gas exploration has eclipsed – several times over – the 2005 estimates for the amount of gas wells expected to be drilled in the forest. Then, just 10 to 15 wells were expected. Today, 40 have been drilled and The Ozark Society said its seeking an injunction against fracking there is anticipation of more drilling in the near future.

Arkansas has become a hot bed of fracking activity. In addition to the most commonly reported negative impacts of fracking drilling such as methane contamination of water, severe air and water pollution and the strain it places on fresh water supplies, the disposal of fracking waste water in Arkansas has created another potentially serious problem.

Fracking waste water is injected into underground wells in Arkansas. Its briny nature has caused rock layers under the surface to become “lubricated,” which has resulted in thousands of minor fracking-related earthquakes.

The Ozark Society’s lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Judge Billy Roy Wilson has been assigned the case, according to the local report. disclaimer: This article: Ozark Society seeks injunction against fracking expansion in National Forest was posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 4:40 am at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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