Earthquakes near Fracking
2.1 earthquake by Claysville, Pa. 5-11-17

Ohio and Pennsylvania have experienced some earthquakes near drilling and fracking that have brought more questions about how they might be related.

Earthquakes near drilling and hydraulic fracturing

Controversial drilling near schools
Yonker Pad near Ft. Cherry Schools

Mount Pleasant Township controversy continues with additional drilling near the school campus which is now surrounded by Marcellus shale wells.

Yonker Pad drilling

Pipelines for Marcellus shale & Utica shale gas
Eminent domain is being used in Ohio, West Virginia & Pennsylvania

In 2016, half the pipelines in Pennsylvania were at least 45 years old with the majority of US pipelines installed before 1970. Corrosion accounted for 28% of serious pipeline accidents.

gas pipeline

Marcellus Shale gas production went through a boom-bust cycle and began to rebound again in 2017 as additional pipelines were permitted and completed. Plans for more pipelines are in the works.

Beaver Run Reservoir in
Westmoreland County, Pa
The drinking water source for 150,000 people
Gas wells near a reservoir

The addition of new drilling sites has led to more compressor stations and gas processing plants being constructed, as well as a new focus on small electric generation plants fueled by natural gas to replace shuttered coal burning power plants.

Centralized Impoundment Dams
Leaks, spills and DEP fines have resulted
Pennsylvania impoundment dam

Updated drilling regulations have been challenged in Pennsylvania at every turn and the state is still without a gas severance tax, while an impact fee for municipalities remains in place.

Thousands of gallons of chemicals per well
Photo of the "half of 1%" frac chemicals used
Hydraulic fracturing chemicals

Northeastern and western Pennsylvania remain the primary Marcellus shale gas production areas in that state, while eastern Ohio is home to more Utica shale unconventional horizontal well drilling.

Export of gas liquids from shale fracking
By railcar and through gas pipelines in all directions
Propane on rail cars

Citizens have continued to fight for their right of enjoyment of their private property, as well as a healthy environment with "clean air and pure water" as guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Hydraulic Fracturing - Frac Fluid - Gas Drilling
Marcellus Shale gas production


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