In Ohio, four conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to ban fracking in the Wayne National Forest.
The government bodies have already sold close to 2,000 acres of land for $6.9 million to oil and gas companies, giving them authority to drill in the forest tracts.
The lawsuit seeks to prevent future efforts to sell off 40,000 acres of national forest lands to companies for drilling, and to void the current leases of oil and gas companies.
The quality of water and public land are at stake, explained a member of the Center for Biological Diversity, plaintiff.
The conservation groups claim that the government organizations have violated the National Environmental Policy Act by ignoring the potential risks of drilling in forests to public health and the environment.
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