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Wild and Scenic Film Festival Pittsburgh Premiere, Oct 16 at Phipps! The premiere showing of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held in the Special Events Room of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA, on Wednesday, October 16, 6-10 PM. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 PM.  This year’s theme, “A Climate of Change” is an opportunity to discuss climate issues and how they affect our community in a forum designed to foster action and grassroots participation in community organizations. Read More...

Third Circuit Decision Continues Two-Tiered National Forest System A three-judge panel of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Thursday to defer to a previous panel’s decision that improperly stripped the U.S. Forest Service of its sovereign authority to regulate to protect surface and water resources from the impacts of private oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest. According to the ADP, the decision attempts to separate the Allegheny National Forest from the sensible regulation that is commonplace in the National Forest System. Read More...

Forest Watch Photo Essay: Chappel Fork Trailhead The U.S. Forest Service, PA Fish and Boat Commission and the PADEP have allowed the oil and gas industry to violate the law for decades. The Bradford District Ranger Office is north of this location on the North Country Trail, but somehow the Allegheny Forest Service always manages to never see violations that it drives past every day. Read More...

20th Annual Fall Gathering Report and Photo Essay The Allegheny Defense Project Celebrated its 20th Annual Fall Gathering in September! Read More...

Action Alert: Stop Drilling in Allegheny State Parks! A 3-year moratorium on drilling in Allegheny County Parks was proposed by County Council Representative Barbara Daly-Danko, and is currently being reviewed in Committee. Your letters to the Allegheny County Council can make a significant difference in the battle to save our parks from back-room fracking deals and new coal mines! Read More...

Join Us For the 20th Annual Fall Gathering! "Celebrating 20 Years!" September 13-15, 2013. The Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) is holding its 20th Annual Fall Gathering on a private landholding near the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Read More...

World's End Watch Training, Please Join Us for Public Lands Watch Training at Worlds End State Park, August 9 to 11, 2013. Read More...

Firefly Festival, The discovery and documentation of Synchronous Fireflies (Photinus carolinus) in the Allegheny National Forest in 2011 and 2012 have engernized the local community who live, work, and recreate in the ANF. The idea for a festival to celbrate the beautiful insect mating displays and educate the public developed sychronously among ANF conservationists, and ANF business owners. We contacted each other at the same time saying “Let’s have a Firefly Festival!” Read More (Donations and Sponsorships)...

Film Festival Inspires Action and Awareness on Climate Change Issues. Ever since our early ancestors began walking upright and scanning the far horizon for danger, opportunity, or just a change of scenery, vision has been our most highly developed sense....This year, the ADP is using this powerful tool by bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Pittsburgh as part of our efforts to increase awareness and action around climate change. Read More...

Celebrate Earth Day Bradford! with a Wild and Scenic Film Festival April 21. On April 21, 2013 we are teaming up with the University of Pittsburgh Bradford's Environmental Studies Club, Bradford Earth Day, among others, to host a Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Read More...

Spring Equinox Outing March 23 and 24. Spring is on its way! Flowers blooming, birds returning...Join us for a short backpacking hike and overnight camp-out on Tracy Ridge, March 23-24 2013. We will meet in a small parking area just north of the Tracy Ridge campground and hike in about ¼ mile to our camping place. Please bring all of your own supplies, but if you need help preparing or are short on some gear we may be able to lend you the equipment you need. Read More...

Property Rights Meet Natural Rights in Land Protection. JEFFERSON COUNTY-- A Pennsylvania farmer is pioneering the art of land preservation, in a unique application of a conservation easement on the property deed of his organic farm. By establishing certain deed restrictions and creating a Rights of Nature constitutional document, J. Stephen Cleghorn of Paradise Gardens and Farm has become the first farmer in the state to protect his land for all time using this method. Read More...

Protecting the Land with Production: Non-Timber Forest Products. Our Appalachian forests are so much more than trees, and even a small forest landowner can enhance the natural character of the forest while making a fair dollar off the stand. Non-timber forest products (NTFP) range from baskets and craft goods made from overgrown vines, to the propagation and harvest of native medicinal plants like ginseng, goldenseal, cohosh and others. Combined, they can mean a more stable (and sometime more lucrative) source of income for the landowner than the value of the trees for timber. Read More...

Synchronous Fireflies Confirmed on the Allegheny National Forest. An International Group of Researchers Document Firefly Species in Kelletville. Read More...

Allegheny Defense Project and Sierra Club Appeal to Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to Protect the Allegheny National Forest. On November 3, 2012, Allegheny Defense Project and Sierra Club filed a notice that our organizations are appealing a decision by the U.S. District Court in Erie, PA that declared the U.S. Forest Service has no regulatory authority to protect the Allegheny National Forest from the impacts of private oil and gas development. Considering that 93% of the mineral rights underlying the Allegheny are privately owned, this decision will have profound impacts on land, air, and water resources, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities in the Allegheny, particularly in light of the unfolding shale gas boom. The District Court’s decision is deeply flawed because it ignored the very purpose for which national forests in the east were created in the first place – to restore and protect private lands that had been denuded by private industry – namely, the timber industry. Before diving into the District Court’s decision, however, it is necessary first to retrace how we got here in the first place. Read More...

National Forests and Climate Conservation. The effects of our changing climate on forests and ecosystems are well recognized and the focus of a plethora of research projects. Far less attention has been paid to the converse: the contribution that forests make to creating and affecting climate. Read More...

Outings and Events: Reporting on 2012. Looking Forward to 2013. Last year was fantastic and this year looks even better! By January 1, 2012 we had a schedule for the entire year: events, dates and everything! Scheduling for the whole year was a huge help for us last season. Everyone was able to plan for events well in advance. We’ve followed the same strategy this year with our 2013 schedule listed below and posted on-line (see events). Read More...

2012 Heartwood Forest Council Report. Last Memorial Day ADP hosted Heartwood’s 22nd Annual Forest Council at Boy Scout Camp Olmsted in the Allegheny National Forest near Seneca Nation lands. Members of a number of regional environmental organizations were present, bringing skills, experience and inspiration to the weekend gathering. Read More...

Tell PA DEP to Protect Pennsylvania's Natural Heritage. The PA DEP is attempting to weaken and circumvent current protections of Threatened and Endangered Species, Species of Special Concern, and Candiate Species, as well as critical species habitat and other special resource areas. Read More and Send a Letter to the DEP...

Conservation Groups Appeal Oil and Gas Ruling to Third Circuit. Groups claim court’s decision will result in unnecessary damage to water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Read More...

19th Annual Fall Gathering! September 28-30, 2012, the Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) is holding its 19th Annual Fall Gathering. The theme this year is "Defend Your Place." Read More...

Summer Outing and River Float! August 4 and 5 at Buckaloons! On August 4 and 5 we will spend the weekend at the Buckaloons Recreation Area near Youngsville, PA and enjoy a relaxed float down the Allegheny River. Read More...

Synchronous Fireflies! Early Summer/Late Spring Outing June 22 to 24. We will be camping June 22 to June 24 near Kelletville to observe and document a synchronous species of firefly, Photinus carolinus. Our camp will be just beyond the Kelletville bridge off of Rt 666 in the Allegheny National Forest. We will be at the intersection of FR 127 and FR 145 (Salmon Creek Road). Read More...

Heartwood Forest Council Comes to the Allegheny National Forest! May 25 to 28, 2012. The 22nd Annual Heartwood Forest Council will be co-hosted by Heartwood and ADP at Camp Olmsted in the Allegheny National Forest. Join Us For: Speakers, Outings, Forest Watch Training on Shale Gas Issues, Organic Meals, Camping and Recreating on the Allegheny River. Speakers include Attorney Thomas Buchele of the Lewis and Clarke Law School, Former Pittsburgh Councilman Doug Shields, ADP Board President Bill Belitskus, Representatives of the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) Kinzua Dam Relicensing Commission (KDRC), and many more Read More...

Tell Your Representative to Vote NO on Pennsylvania House Bill 1904! The Allegheny National Forest is the most industrialized forest in the U.S. Forest Service System due to even-aged management (serial clear-cut logging) for high-value timber species, and because of intensive, full-field mine-out, stripper well oil and gas drilling, and marcellus shale gas drilling. These activities together are destroying every use and enjoyment of the forest, including recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality, and air quality. Now Pennsylvania Representative Kathy Rapp and her colleagues want to make this the permanent condition of the Allegheny National Forest by passing House Bill 1904. Help us stop them by sending a letter to your representative to tell them to protect the Allegheny National Forest by voting No on HB 1904. Read More...

Wild and Scenic Film Festival April 22 Earth Day Bradford! On April 22, 2012 we are teaming up with the University of Pittsburgh Bradford's Environmental Club, Bradford Earth Day, and Allegheny Outdoor Adventures (among others) to host a Wild and Scenic Film Festival--Mark Your Calendar! for a family day of hikes, food, door prizes, and great films!The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, is "considered the largest film festival of its kind. This year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling....This year’s selections will...take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet..." Read More...

Synchronous Firefly Watch: Volunteers Needed! WE NEED YOU TO WATCH FIREFLIES! Last year during our spring outing we discovered a population of synchronous fireflies. In the fall of last year, the Allegheny National Forest Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) approved a small grant to pay for firefly researchers to travel to the ANF in June to study this population. We are very excited about the start of the field season, which for us has already begun. It is very important that those of us living in an around the ANF, or who are willing to visit the ANF for the purposes of this study, begin to watch for the first occurence of firefly activity now.Read More...

You Can Monitor Oil and Gas Activity on Public Land: Subscribe to SkyTruth Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) has initiated a partnership with SkyTruth. You can too! SkyTruth has created a valuable, GIS subscription service which provides environmental advocates, like you, with the information necessary to protect the places we all care about...Read More...

No Drilling Without Protection for Communities! No to HB 1950 and SB 1100! A Call to Action By the Friends of South Fayette As you may be aware on Wednesday, December 14th 2011, the state Senate debated House Bill 1950, then voted in favor to pass the bill and forwarded it to the state House of Representatives for passage. Because of action by citizens like you lawmakers voted "not to concur" with HB 1950 which will trigger more negotiation in 2012 on this inherently flawed legislation...Read More...

Winter Outing 2012: Join Us for a Backpack Hike and Camp at Tracy Ridge on Feb 4th! The purpose of the 2012 Winter Outing is to gain winter camping experience and to enjoy our beautiful winter weather. We will meet at 3PM on February 4, 2012 at a small parking lot just north of the entrance to Tracy Ridge on the west side of Route 321. We plan to break camp by 1PM on February 5, 2012...Read More...

Public Lands Action Team (PLAT) Meeting in Pittsburgh February 18, 2012. Join the Action Team to Protect Public Lands! On Saturday, February 18, 4:00 PM, the Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will be hosting a meeting of the Public Lands Action Team (PLAT) in their office at 425 N Craig St Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The purpose of the meeting is to form a PLAT in Pittsburgh with the Allegheny Group of the PA Sierra Club and to educate everyone about public land issues, actions, and outings for 2012. Speakers will include Ernie Reed of Heartwood, Bill Belitskus board president of Allegheny Defense Project (ADP), Cathy Pedler ADP Forest Watch Coordinator, and Matt Peters who serves as a board member for both organizations...Read More...

Help Kickstart the Triple Divide Documentary TRIPLE DIVIDE is a new documentary film that lights the shadows about America's quest for energy, where Paradise Found meets the visible hand of natural gas development. Potter County, Pa. (focus of the film) is home to a geological phenomenon called the Triple Divide, one of five widely-recognized in the United States where water drains into three different basins. The headwaters of this Triple Divide are ecological sanctuaries for all things living deep in Appalachia, and provide drinking water for millions of people downstream.....Read More...

State Representative Kathy Rapp's Conflict Of Interest Statement of Financial Interest Reveals Oil and Gas Industry Income. State Representative Kathy Rapp, who represents Warren, Forest, and parts of McKean County, recently introduced legislation aimed at stripping the U.S. Forest Service of authority to regulate and protect the Allegheny National Forest from the impacts of oil and gas drilling. The Allegheny Defense Project claims that Rep. Rapp is using her position in government to promote a company that she benefits from financially even though that company has a track record of violating environmental laws...Read More...

2012 Schedule. Mark Your Calendar! Please pencil-in our events and outings on your calendar and enjoy 2012 with us! Happy New Year! Follow This Link For 2012 Calendar...

Taking The Public Out Of Public Land: Appeals Court Decision Threatens Allegheny National Forest. A recent decision by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals regarding oil and gas drilling on the Allegheny National Forest prompted David C. Fredley to offer his opinion supporting the court's decision. The court held that the Forest Service has almost no authority to protect the Allegheny from oil and gas drilling since it does not own the mineral rights under most of the forest. Several aspects of Mr. Fredley's column, and the court's decision, merit a response. Read more...

Enough Is Enough! Enough is enough, from the lawless marcellus shale gas companies, to a governor elected with gas money and the rogue legislature and agencies that should be working for the people's constitutional right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment...including generations yet to come. Many citizens' families are ill from unconventional hydrocarbon shale gas extraction and hydrofracking. Dr. Goldstein of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health stated, "...there will be disease clusters and lawsuits..."
Our land grant university, Penn State, is caught taking gas industry money to crank out discredited research to influence public policy in Pennsylvania.
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Fracking The Finger Lakes: Videos Watch Videos from Fracking the Finger Lakes: The Rest of the Story. Bill Belitskus, Sandra Steingraber, David Slottje, Kevin Heatley: Fracking the Finger Lakes, The Rest of the Story. Steingraber explains that the Marcellus Shale is actually a living ecosystem, not a dead, inert layer under our feet. Geologist have just recently fully appreciated the fact that there are more living organisms in the deep strata beneath us than there are in the world’s oceans. Read more...

Democracy School December 3, 2011 The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund will hold a Democracy School on December 3, 2011, at Mount St. Benedict in Erie, PA. The school will be a one day event from 9AM to 5PM Read more...

ANF-ASP Border Work Day October 23, 2011 On October 23 Allegheny Defense Project (ADP), and Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will work with state surveyors to walk and mark the boundary between the Allegany State Park in New York, and the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. Location: Meet at 9AM at the NY Allegany State Park Administration Building (Red House Area of the Park). Read more...

18th Annual Fall Gathering At Tracy Ridge The Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) is holding its 18th Annual Fall Gathering at Tracy Ridge in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) September 16-18. Please join us for camping, hiking, workshops, music, food and fun! Read more...

ANF-ASP Work Day On September 10 Allegheny Defense Project (ADP), and Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will work with state surveyors to walk and mark the boundary between the Allegany State Park in New York, and the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. Read more...

A Gathering Remembering Joe On September 11, 2011 at 1PM we will gather to remember our friend Joe Martin. A memorial service will be held at the Mystic Waters Resort. Lunch will follow the service. Read more...

Gasland Coming To Warren And Bradford, PA The Boonies International, an Independent Film Festival at Warren, PA announces the presentation of the Josh Fox film Gasland at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren, PA on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 1:30 PM (doors open 1:00 PM); and in Bradford, PA at the University of Pittsburgh at 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00PM). Warren and Bradford are two of 20 stops on the filmmakers’ grassroots tour with his film through Pennsylvania and New York, in a run-up to its June 21st HBO premiere. The event is part of an ongoing series of independent films being screened in Warren as a means of introducing the community to the world of independent film. Read more...

ADP Investigation of Spill On FR 261 Finds Spill Not Contained By Tank Battery On May 4, 2010, four days after a Howard Drilling oil spill was reported in the Warren Times Observer, “Oil Spill In ANF Contained By Dike,” an Allegheny Defense Project team hiked several miles up gated Forest Service Road FR 261 to investigate the spill.  Upon arriving at a Howard Drilling tank battery, ADP discovered a spill that had, in fact, breached the dike and flowed several hundred feet downhill toward Mud Lick Run. Read more...

Pine Bear: 10,055 Acre Project Area On The Allegheny The  Pine Bear Project, located on 10,055 acres in the southeastern part of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF), proposes approximately 3,000 acres of even-aged logging—1,324 acres of which is clearcuts and 1,781 acres staged clearcuts. Additionally, the project calls for 2,294 acres of other “treatments,” 1,483 acres of herbiciding, 105 acres of burning every 3 to 5 years, over 500 acres of fencing, 12 acres of stone pit expansion, and 2.5 miles of new road.food and fun. Read more...

Rimrock Chainsaw Masacree (And Tracy Ridge Campout) The Allegheny Defense Project spent Earth Day this year with the Friends of Rimrock, Tracy Ridge Forest Watch, and Allegheny Outdoor Adventures, cleaning up Rimrock for the 2010 season.  Our plan was to clear trails, pick up trash, picnic, and do some climbing and rappelling. We expected the trash scattered around - we were not prepared for the heart-wrenching view afforded us at the scenic overlook.Read more...

Earth Day Report This Earth Day we had a busy week. Our speaking schedule took us from Erie to Philadelphia. Allegheny Defense Project Board Members and Staff spoke about the battle to protect the forest ecosystem and the Allegheny River Watershed on the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and on other public lands in Pennsylvania Read more...

Another Spill On The Allegheny: Howard Drilling, April 2010, 5,400 Gallons. Read more...

Donor Will Give Up To $1,000 In Earth Day Challenge The Allegheny Defense Project needs your help NOW to challenge the rampant oil and gas development currently devastating Pennsylvania's only National Forest. And now is an excellent opportunity to double your contribution. With the help of an anonymous donor, your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar. Read more...

"Kill The Drill" Protest At U.S. Energy's Buffalo Office On Friday April 16, 2010 about 75 citizens convened at the University at Buffalo's North Campus to protest U.S Energy Development Corporation's proposal to drill for oil and natural gas in the Allegany State Park and Allegheny National Forest. Allegheny Defense Project staff and supporters joined the group that marched to U.S Energy Offices at 2350 N Forest Road in Amherst, NY, on the edge of the UB campus. Read more...

April 24th Rimrock and Tracy Ridge Clean-up and Camp-outSponsored by the Friends of Rimrock Coalition and Tracy Ridge Forest Watch.
Clean-up: Saturday April 24, 10am. Rimrock Picnic Area
Camp-out and Night Hike:  Saturday April 24, 5pm. Tracy Ridge Campground Loop C. Come join us in cleaning-up and enjoying Rimrock and Tracy Ridge, two areas the oil and gas industry intends to obliterate with drilling operations.
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Glad Run-South Branch Kinzua Creek: Marcellus Shale Gas Well Planned On Allegheny National Forest. On April 15, 2010, ADP Board President Bill Belitskus and I hiked through the Glad Run Watershed, a tributary of the South Branch of Kinzua Creek near Kane, PA. We are monitoring this area because soon this watershed will be subjected to clear-cutting (North Drive In Timber Sale), shallow well drilling (TEIS Area 8), and deep gas well drilling as East Resources moves forward with its plans to drill a Marcellus Shale Gas well in the headwaters of  the South Branch of Kinzua Creek. Read more...

State Police Join March 20 Oil and Gas Tour On March 20, 2010, a Pennsylvania State Police Officer temporarily blocked the Oil and Gas Issues tour organized as a joint outing of the Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club and ADP. Read more...

Drilling Continues! We Need You For Forest Watch Action! It's spring! In the Allegheny National Forest this means oil and gas drillers will continue drilling thousands more oil and gas wells, and cut hundreds of miles of new roads into an already heavily fragmented forest. We need your help! Because of a very bad decision last December in the Federal District Court of Western Pennsylvania, this destruction is moving forward without environmental analysis or public input. Read more...

Join Our Forest Watch Team The Allegheny Defense Project is pleased to announce its newest campaign, Allegheny Forest and River Watch. We’d like to make our Forest Watch efforts more accessible to our members – more accurately, we need your help with our work. In this project, we will train supporters (you!) in our forest watch techniques. Read more...

Federal Court: Allegheny Defense Project Will Still Appeal Disappointing Decision Tuesday, March 9, 10 AM, Bill Belitskus, Megan Rulli, our attorney Marianne Dugan, and I headed to Courtroom C in the Erie Federal Courthouse for oral arguments on the US Forest Service's motion for reconsideration of Federal Judge Sean McLaughlin's disappointing December 2009 decision. Read more...

Snappy The Hellbender Says, "Come To The Forest. Get Active With ADP!" These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a groundhog in denial of the imminent arrival of spring. And if you and I are at all similar, it’s becoming easier and easier to imagine yourself stepping into a welcoming, green forest. Read more...

Gas Well Drilling And Water Quality On Saturday February 27, 2010, Jim Clark, Penn State Cooperative Extension Officer Educator for McKean County, presented "Gas Well Drilling and Water Quality.” in the Hamlin Township Office Building, Hazel Hurst, McKean County. Read more...

And We're Back This is a criticaIt has been an incredible few years on the Allegheny. We have been operating in high gear, putting our resources into litigation, press releases, file reviews, public comment, and continued on-the-ground monitoring. Read more...

Now Or Never This is a critical time for Pennsylvania. The Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania State Forests, and communities in general are under siege by oil and gas drilling. The deep well drilling for Marcellus Shale gas across Pennsylvania is the greatest land-use threat to the surface waters and aquifers of our commonwealth. Read more...

Allegheny Defense Project's 16th Annual Fall Gathering - September 18th-20th, 2009 The Allegheny Defense Project is holding its 16th Annual Fall Gathering in the Tracy Ridge National Recreation Area, an area that oil and gas companies have targeted for massive oil and gas development. Please join us to learn about issues facing the Allegheny and to enjoy a weekend of camping, hiking, music, food and fun. Read more...

Forest Service Cancels Willow Creek ATV Trail Expansion - July 17, 2009 The Forest Service has canceled its plans to expand the Willow Creek ATV Trail. The ATV trail expansion would have impacted timber rattlesnake habitat and impacted the nearby Chestnut Ridge Wilderness Study Area. Read more...

Conservation Groups Intervene in Oil and Gas Drilling Lawsuit on Allegheny National Forest - July 2, 2009 The Sierra Club and Allegheny Defense Project intervened in a lawsuit filed against the Forest Service by Catalyst Energy of Cranberry Township, PA. Catalyst Energy is challenging the Forest Service's authority to regulate oil and gas drilling on the Allegheny National Forest. The Sierra Club and ADP intervened on the side of the Forest Service to defend its authority to protect Pennsylvania's only national forest. Read more...

ADP Praises New Legislation to Protect Drinking Water from Oil and Gas Contamination - June 9, 2009 The Allegheny Defense Project joined a coalition of environmental organizations around the country in praising legislation introduced in Congress today to protect drinking water from oil and gas contamination. Click here to read the Senate version, introduced by Senator Casey. Click here to read the meeting minutes of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board in which the DEP disclosed that some oil and gas companies were using short cuts to save money but potentially cause pollution problems. Read more...

Forest Service Public Meetings Not Reaching a Broad Cross-section of Public - May 28, 2009 The U.S. Forest Service is not reaching out to a broad cross-section of people that use the Allegheny National Forest regarding public meetings scheduled to discuss oil and gas drilling issues. Click here to read ADP's letter to Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell. Read more...

Federal Judge Upholds Settelment Agreement Between Forest Service, Environmental Groups - May 12, 2009 A federal judge today decided in favor of environmental groups who argue that the public should have a chance to weign in on oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest. U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin upheld a settlement agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and three environmental groups - Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Allegheny Defense Project and the Sierra Club. Click here to read the judge's order and opinion.Read more...