This fact sheet provides strategies for dealing with previously compacted areas on existing well and pipeline sites.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has a laboratory accreditation program for water testing labs to ensure data accuracy.
This fact sheet will help you understand the issues regarding natural gas development and your options in making the right decision for you and your forestland.
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.
With discovery of new drilling technologies to reach previously untapped gas reserves, the number of gas wells is expected to rise dramatically over the next several decades.
New technologies and markets have created opportunities for landowners to lease natural gas formations deep below the surface of their properties. However, the development of gas plays through seismic testing, drilling operations, access roads, pipeline construction and right-of-ways can also have enduring negative impacts on the landscape if not carefully contemplated and executed.
Methane gas is the main component in natural gas. It occurs naturally in some shallow rock layers that are penetrated by water wells. Methane can be dissolved in the groundwater in private water wells at various concentrations as a natural condition.
This publication was written to give readers an understanding of river basin commissions and other regional water management institutions, their powers, and stakeholders; basinwide water management issues; and how stakeholders can more effectively participate in these bodies’ decisions.
Pennsylvania has over one million private water wells and springs that provide drinking water for rural homes and farms. As a result of increased gas drilling, many private water supply owners have questions about water testing that may be done on their water supply in addition to voluntary testing that they may want to conduct independently.
Penn State Research report sponsored by a grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania