Trout Unlimited hopes its report serves as a call to action, for its 155,000 members as well as fish and wildlife agencies, and the shale industry.
The group fears that Utica Shale development will hurt the Lake Erie watershed, through water withdrawals from both the lake and the rivers that feed it, as well as the storage of wastewater in deep injection wells across the region.
Katy Dunlap is Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Water Project Director. She says her group isn’t anti-shale. They just want to highlight the many important and delicate waterways across the Central Appalachian region.
“You know, there are some places that are so special and isolated and unique, maybe shale gas development shouldn’t be happening there, but there are other places where it can happen as long as it’s limited in a way to protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat.”
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