Although it doesn’t specifically prohibit fracking, the final forest plan now prohibits any new leasing of the national forest -- and Washington, D.C.'s watershed -- for any kind of oil and gas drilling activity.
A company's plan to frack for natural gas about a half mile from a Pennsylvania school district of 3,200 kids has been suspended, just weeks after a group of concerned parents and environmentalists launched a legal challenge against the project.
Support for fracking fell from 48 percent in March of 2013 to 41 percent as of November 2014, with 47 percent now opposing it. Support for the Keystone XL pipeline, while still in the majority, has also slipped.
In California, Ohio, and Texas, citizens in four localities voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, challenging the balance of power between state officials in charge of regulating drilling and local communities concerned about the potential risks.