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Environmental Issues

Some of the biggest challenges associated with Marcellus shale relate to environment and natural resource issues.

Drilling and pipelines have the very real potential of affecting water quality and quantity, forest fragmentation, wildlife, viewsheds, land use, and other important factors.

Several major agencies have regulatory authority over Marcellus natural gas, and thus can help influence what occurs and its impacts at the local, regional, and state level.

Environmental Presentations

Power Point presentations

3-18-09 webinar. Margaret Brittingham, Professor of Wildlife Resources and Extension Wildlife Specialist

This fact sheet provides strategies for dealing with previously compacted areas on existing well and pipeline sites.

Leasing your property to an oil or gas company is an option for producing income from your property. Before signing a lease on your forestland, there are many things to consider to protect your interests.

Pennsylvania’s forests are an important renewable natural resource and include some of the nation’s most commercially valuable hardwood species. However, they are more than just an economic resource.

Mark Madden and Gary Sheppard, Penn State Extension Educators

Ellen Shultzabarger, Chief, Forest Resource Planning, Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources and Tony Quadro, Forester and Asst. District Manager, Westmoreland Conservation District. The webinar looks at ways to manage challenges and impacts in both State forests and private forests.

Webinar February 23, 2010 with Patrick O'Dell Petroleum Engineer of the National Park Service shares steps the Park Service can take in reducing the effects of drilling in the parks

Online youth-oriented tutorials on water's journey through the Marcellus shale natural gas drilling and production cycle and considerations about water and drilling in the mid-Atlantic region.

Webinar: 10-28-09. Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Specialist, School of Forest Resources, Penn State University

2-18-10 Webinar. Underground Injection Wells as an Option for Disposal of Shale Gas Wastewaters: Policies and Practicality. Karen D. Johnson, Chief, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch, US EPA, Region 3, Philadelphia

2-18-10 Webinar. Underground Injection Wells as an Option for Disposal of Shale Gas Wastewaters: Policies and Practicality. Karen D. Johnson, Chief, Ground Water & Enforcement Branch, US EPA, Region 3, Philadelphia

Environmental Publications

Additional Environmental Resources

Penn State Extension Natural Resources has a Marcellus Shale section with information on environmental issues pertinent to natural gas development.

Office of Fossil Energy's Oil & Natural Gas Office supports research and policy options to ensure environmentally sustainable domestic and global supplies of oil and natural gas.

EPA lists fact sheets on Hydraulic fracturing

An exploration of natural gas drilling and development in the Marcellus Shale

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has a Marcellus Shale Lease Guide as a resource for Pennsylvanians considering leasing their property for Marcellus Shale gas production or who have decided to lease and are beginning the negotiating process.

The millions of gallons of water required for drilling and the associated waste products are major concerns here in Pennsylvania.

The Groundwater Protection Council promotes the protection and conservation of ground water resources for all beneficial uses, recognizing ground water as a critical component of the ecosystem.

This primer was commissioned through the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) in an effort to provide sound technical information on and additional resource development activity, and environmental protection, especially water resource management. The GWPC is the national association of state ground water and underground injection agencies whose mission is to promote the protection and conservation of ground water resources for all beneficial uses.

FracFocus.org is the hydraulic fracturing chemical registry website, a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Online youth-oriented tutorials on water's journey through the Marcellus shale natural gas drilling and production cycle and considerations about water and drilling in the mid-Atlantic region.

The National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) has a variety of research projects designed to help catalyze the development of these new technologies, provide objective data to help quantify the environmental and safety risks of oil and gas development, and characterize emerging energy resources like methane hydrates.

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has a webpage where additional Natural Gas information can be found at Conservationtools.org