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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Water Research Provides Chemical Clues in Shale Gas Impacts - News News
Penn State scientists identify chemical clues that can distinguish methane migration related to shale gas development from methane that was pre-existing. More
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Penn State Researchers Develop Oil Spill Cleanup Material - News News
A super-absorbent material developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically reduce the environmental impact of oil spills on oceans and allow recovered oil to be refined normally. More
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New Study Investigates Differences in Natural Gas Methane Emissions Estimates - News News
The Basin Methane Reconciliation Study identifies the possible gap between top-down aircraft measurements and bottom-up ground methane calculations from natural gas facilities and equipment. More
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Freshwater Mussels Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Research - News News
Recent Penn State and Union College research indicates elevated concentrations of strontium in freshwater mussels downstream from oil and gas wastewater disposal sites. More
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Webinar Provides Insight on Orphan and Abandoned Wells in PA - News News
Regulatory and industry representatives will discuss how orphan and abandoned wells are addressed in the Commonwealth. More
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New Tool for Pipeline Siting Considerations in the Delaware River Basin - News News
Interactive map highlights areas of ecological significance to consider for pipeline construction in the Delaware River Basin. More
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Research Indicates Methane in Water Not from Barnett Shale Wells - News News
Four-year study finds no link between methane in water wells outside Fort Worth and natural gas operations in the Barnett Shale. More
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Addressing Orphan and Abandoned Wells from a Regulatory and Industry Perspective - Webinars Webinars
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Seth Pelepko, PA DEP, and Luke Plants, Plants and Goodwin, Inc. will discuss the process and issues in decommissioning orphan and abandoned wells in the Commonwealth. More
Penn State MCOR
FERC Busy With Pipeline Decisions - News News
FERC halts work on the Atlantic Coast pipeline and the Mountain Valley pipeline, dismisses environmental concerns on Sabal Trail review, and denies rehearing of PennEast pipeline opponents. More
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Unconventional Oil and Gas: Bringing Trusted Science to Decision-Making - Webinars Webinars
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Donna Vorhees, Director, Energy Research Program, Health Effects Institute, will discuss the Energy Research program and providing impartial science relevant to decision-making. More
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DEP Air Monitoring Study of Marcellus Sites Indicate Limited Impacts - News News
Long-term study collected data from five sites in southwestern Pennsylvania, measuring various pollutants associated with oil and gas operations. More
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Shale Gas Monitoring Report from PA DCNR Released - News News
DCNR Bureau of Forestry released the second monitoring report of shale gas development in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale fairway. More
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Agricultural Production and Shale Gas Development - Webinars Webinars
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Ph.D. Candidate Gretchen Sneegas will discuss research on perceptions of the long-term agricultural impacts from shale development in the Twin Tiers region of Pennsylvania and New York, two states that regulate unconventional gas in different ways. More
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Research Looks at Deep Sea Oil Biodegration - News News
Studies of major off-shore oil spills such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are important to determine long term effects at deeper levels. More
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Integrated Vegetation Management a Plus for Pollinators and Pipelines - News News
Creating pollinator and wildlife habitats on rights-of-ways is beneficial to both the environment and industry More
Penn State MCOR
Study Monitors Groundwater Methane and Shale Gas Development Activity - News News
Yale researchers looked at groundwater quality over a two-year period to observe methane concentrations in developing shale region. More
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Potential Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Wastewater on Roads - News News
Penn State 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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