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.
This video presentation gives an overview of the equipment commonly seen and the practices used in the shale gas drilling regions of Pennsylvania.
Natural gas well development is
an increasingly common sight
across Pennsylvania’s farms
and forests. While the landowner
may receive potentially lucrative
financial returns in terms of lease
and royalty payments, understanding
the short- and long-term impact
of well drilling and pipeline installation
activities on your soils and
their future productivity is important.
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. Pennsylvania’s
forests provide, among many things,
recreational opportunities, wildlife
habitat, quality water, and clean air.
This paper was published in 2014 in The Wildlife Professional and describes ongoing research examining the effects of shale gas development on forests and wildlife. Citation - Brittingham, M. C., L.A. Langlois, and P.J. Drohan. 2014. Shale gas development- Bringing change to Pennsylvania forests and wildlife. The Wildlife Professional 8(3):22-27
A nationwide review of the ecological risks of shale oil and gas development to wildlife and aquatic resources Citation Brittingham, M. C., K. O. Maloney, A. M. Farag, D. D. Harper, and Z. H. Bowen. 2014. Ecological risks of shale oil and gas development to wildlife, aquatic resources and their habitats. Environmental Science & Technology 48:11034-11047.