Centralized Impoundment Dams
pits not yet banned
Updated drilling regulations
have been challenged by the oil and gas industry at every turn and
Pennsylvania is still without a gas severance tax, while an impact
fee for municipalities remains in place.
Earthquakes near Fracking
2.1 earthquake near
Pennsylvania have experienced some earthquakes near drilling and
fracking that have brought more questions about how they might be
related. This earthquake near Claysville (9km ESE of West Liberty,
WV) occurred May 11, 2017.
Controversial drilling near schools
Yonker Pad near Ft.
Pleasant Township controversy continues with additional drilling
near the school campus which is now surrounded by Marcellus shale
Eminent domain used
for right of ways
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. Marcellus Shale gas production
went through a boom-bust cycle and began to rebound again in
2017 as additional pipelines were permitted and placed in
Beaver Run Reservoir
source for 150,000 people
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.
'Sign of the times' in gas patch
Near Marcellus drilling
Homeowners living close to drilling sites sometimes display their
frustration with truck traffic in various ways. Here's a road sign
seen near an gas drilling pad on Cooper Road in Nottingham
Township, Eighty Four, Pa; "PLEASE
STOP DESTROYING MY WALL!"
Thousands of gallons of
chemicals per well
Photo of the "half of
1%" frac chemical blend
Northeastern and western
Pennsylvania remain the primary
shale gas production areas in that state, while eastern Ohio is home
to more Utica shale
unconventional horizontal well drilling.
Export of fracked gas liquids
By railcar and through
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.
Fracturing - Frac Fluid - Gas Drilling