Environmental Impacts

Information on Marcellus Shale and natural gas, including environmental impacts such as seismic activity, invasive plants, light and noise, soil compaction, effects on forest habitat and wildlife. Knowledge on methane and hydraulic fracturing.

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Penn State Research Examines Potential Health Impacts O&G Wastewater on Roads - News News
Researchers simulated road spreading and runoff of conventional oil and gas wastewater often used on roads for deicing and dust suppression and impacts on the environment and human health. More
Courtesy Penn State Extension
Penn State Study: Water Quality Improves, Impacts Rare Near Shale Gas Wells - News News
Research indicates only possible methane in groundwater in seven out of 1,385 wells in Bradford County PA. More
Penn State Extension
NIH Grant to Study Fracking Particles Affect Cardiovascular Health - News News
West Virginia University professor to research if particulate matter emissions at hydraulic fracturing sites affects health differently than typical urban airborne particles. More
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Report Provides Commercial Economic Viability of Pulling CO2 Out of Air - News News
Peer-reviewed study outlines the complete engineering process and cost breakdown for large-scale plant More
Courtesy Penn State Extension
New Natural Gas Permit to Reduce Methane Emissions in Pennsylvania - News News
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection finalized permits for new gas wells and processing facilities to go into effect August. More
https://mrdata.usgs.gov
Study Reveals Deep Faults Possible Source of Increased Seismic Activity - News News
New magnetic field maps show linear features that suggest ancient faults in vicinity of recent earthquake activity. More
www.transportation.gov
Pipeline Safety and Recognizing a Pipeline Leak - Articles Articles
Whether you are a homeowner digging a hole for a new tree, a farmer putting in fencing, or a contractor excavating for a project, it is required by law to call before you dig. More
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Biofuels Lab Opens at Penn State Behrend - News News
HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has developed a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. More
http://www.cs.unc.edu
Hydraulic Fracturing Ban in Australia’s Northern Tier Lifted - News News
After a 20-month moratorium, hydraulic fracturing will be allowed – following 135 recommendations. More
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TeenShale Network Learn From Mock Spill - News News
High school students learn firsthand in monitoring water quality around shale development. More
Courtesy Penn State Extension
Well Mechanical Integrity Data Available for Pennsylvania Wells - News News
DEP provides inspection data on conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells for the past four years. More
Courtesy Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Underground Carbon Sequestration Research Funded by $2.5M Grant - News News
Penn State is part of study of real-time monitoring of an underground carbon sequestration grant. More
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USGS Research Indicates Reservoir Sediment Viable for Frac Proppant - News News
Research looked at Missouri River Basin sediment and tested it for possible use as proppant in hydraulic fracturing operations. More
nrel.gov
GE Unveils Plan for Most Powerful Offshore Wind Turbine - News News
One Haliade-X 12 megawatt turbine will provide power for up to 5,000 households. More
Oklahoma Regulators Revise Rules for Earthquake Activity and Oil and Gas Operations
Oklahoma Regulators Revise Rules for Earthquake Activity and Oil and Gas Operations - News News
Oklahoma regulations are revised to address the increase in earthquakes linked to hydraulic fracturing process. More
Common Concerns About Water and Shale Gas Drilling
Common Concerns About Water and Shale Gas Drilling - Articles Articles
True or false questions about the Role of Water in Shale Gas Drilling in relation to the video. More
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Studies Look at Clean Energy Technologies - News News
The Ohio State University engineers are involved in various research projects to economically convert fossil fuels into electricity – without polluting the atmosphere. More
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Data-Driven Network Provides Honest Engagement on Water Quality Concerns - News News
Shale Network is an academia-driven project to provide open dialogue on water quality and fracking More
usgs.gov
Frozen Methane Hydrates Unlikely to be Released into Atmosphere - News News
Research indicates limited ancient methane makes it to surface waters. More
http://energypolicy.columbia.edu
New Book Provides Insight on Hydraulic Fracturing - News News
Author Daniel Raimi discusses risks, benefits and uncertainties of fracking, as heard in his travels across the US. More
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Methane Release and Groundwater Research - News News
Researchers from Canadian universities study a controlled natural gas release on groundwater. More
usgs.gov
Alaska’s Energy Frontier Reassessment Highlights Increased Oil and Gas Estimates - News News
The National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska and adjacent areas are estimated to have higher energy reserves than previously reported. More
http://marinerpipelinefacts.com
Mariner East 2 Project Halted by PA DEP - News News
On January 3rd, Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. was ordered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to suspend construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. More
Penn State Marcellus Education Team
Environmental Partnership Launched By Oil and Gas Industry to Lower Emissions - News News
Partnership includes 26 natural gas and oil producers to voluntarily reduce methane and VOC emissions. More
Courtesy Penn State Extension
Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site (HFTS) Research - Webinars Webinars
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The webinar discusses research on reducing and minimizing environmental impacts and demonstrating safe and reliable hydraulic fracturing methods. More
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