“University of Tennessee’s Fracking Plan Stirs Protests”

The University of Tennessee has agreed to lease forest land under their control to gas drillers. The plan is to have research access to gas production in order to study the environmental impact of fracking.

Environmentalists say opening the Cumberland Forest in eastern Tennessee to hydraulic fracturing, a process known as “fracking,” could harm wildlife and scenery on the 8,000-acre tract of state-owned land. But the university says it would create a rare, controlled environment in which experts could study the environmental impact of the controversial drilling technique, while also generating revenue to finance research.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »