Catherine Cannon

Catherine Cannon is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist. She is originally from Valdese, North Carolina and has lived in the Washington area for five years. Catherine completed her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, and recently graduated from the MPS Journalism program at Georgetown University.

Many states in the U.S. have grappled with how, or whether, to exploit newly accessible reserves of shale gas. In Virginia, the question is complicated by the fact that its shale lies beneath about half of a one-million-acre national forest; and what happens in that forest could have implications for federal lands across the country.…