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.
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
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
January 10, 2011, Taped program with Dr. Terry Engelder, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State University, Scott Perry, Director, Bureau of Oil and Gas Management, DEP, and Joe Lima, Program Manager, Schlumberger
2-19-09 Webinar and Q and A. . Bryan Swistock, Penn State Water Resources Specialist
Additional Environmental Resources
The millions of gallons of water required for drilling and the associated waste products are major concerns here in Pennsylvania.
A series of GIS maps showing how additional natural gas leasing on state forest land will impact water quality, ecological integrity, backcountry recreation, scenic beauty and other social and environmental values to demonstrate whether a moratorium is needed.