But it will be up to the Bureau of Land Management to consider and allocate any proposals for leasing oil and gas rights in the forest, Forest Service spokeswoman Jane Cliff said Monday. A message was left Monday at the bureau's Washington offices.
Nathan Johnson, a staff attorney with the Buckeye Forest Council, said Monday that the group is extremely disappointed with the Forest Service's finding and thinks it's "a bad decision."
"The analysis in the 2006 plan doesn't consider the potential impact of shale fracking on the environment," Johnson said.
He said that the group is not ruling out possible legal action in an effort to compel the Forest Service to conduct a formal environmental impact study.