As of March 1, cuts – known as sequestration – will be affecting every federal agency, including the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service and other environmental agencies.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique used by the oil and gas industry to extract natural gas from rock thousands of feet underground. The fracking process includes pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals (including carcinogens) underground.
As a staff member of The Wilderness Society, I am well aware of how climate change is already posing a serious threat to our precious wild places. Increased forest fires, receding polar ice, drought, pests and other impacts are growing more serious by the day.