Talladega National Forest Still At Risk From Fracking?

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BREAKING DOWN for the MOJO ROAD – We’re heading into the woods for a few days for more photos and video footage from the Talladega National Forest, at risk from natural gas fracking. Happy Thanksgiving.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Tuesday that the Bureau of Land Management is still planning to hold a “public meeting” in the not too distant future to try to sell the public on the idea of leasing 43,000 acres of public lands to an unknown mining company to drill for natural gas.

The meeting was to be scheduled for the last week of November somewhere in Montgomery after it was delayed until after the presidential election, but there’s no word on whether that’s still the plan or not. No one could say, since they all took Thanksgiving week off.

We have been planning and working on a big story and video on this issue since public pressure, watchdog journalism and the threat of a lawsuit stopped the fast track lease sale back in June.

If the Obama administration is not going to back down and plans to move forward with this proposal, we will be at the forefront of covering the fight. We now have detailed maps of the areas where leases are coveted by this unnamed corporation. We will be overlaying those maps with natural hot spots in the area and photographing them before they are potentially destroyed.

We are also seeking out concerned members of the public and/or environmental activists to interview for the video. If you might be in the area over the next few days, get in touch and hook up with us in the forest. Internet access and even cell phone service will be spotty, but we will try to find a place in range each day to check e-mails, Facebook and phone messages.

Besides, it is going to be a beautiful few days for camping and getting outside to enjoy nature’s bounty. The Google weather forecast calls for highs in the low 70s and upper 60s and lows in the 40s for the next couple of days. A cold front is expected to move through on Saturday, however, so the low could dip into the 20s on Saturday night. But the skies will be mostly sunny with a few scattered clouds here and there, the better to act as a backdrop for our interpretation of nature as art.

See you in the woods.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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