Your recent article on hydraulic fracturing stopped me in my tracks ("Furor over fracking in Va. forest," Jan. 26).

I spent my undergraduate days at Bridgewater College in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. One of the highlights was the resplendent beauty of George Washington National Forest and the breathtaking view from atop Reddish Knob.

The idea that one of nature's gifts is to be sacrificed to the promoters and opportunists of high-volume hydraulic fracking is unconscionable. There are no do-overs once the fracturing has been completed. This proposal is gambling with our most important and sought-after natural resource — potable water.

There is no guarantee the oil industry can give, especially if you look at its recent track record. The only choice the U.S. Forest Service has is to say no thank you.

Martha Edgeworth, Essex

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