Exploration and development of the Marcellus Shale is expected to have a significant effect on natural resources in parts of the state. We will be providing information on how gas exploration and development effects natural resources and how effects can be mitigated as this information becomes available.
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. Building roads, installing pipelines, and clearing drilling pads will affect many forest values. This 4-page fact sheet will help you understand these issues and your options in making the right decision for you and your forestland.
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.