On June 3, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report on the potential consequences of constructing well pads, new roads, and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration on surrounding ecosystems and wildlife. Disturbances such as forest loss were recorded. In Fayette County, the study showed disturbances on the west side of the county. More than 4,362 acres were disturbed due to 1,297 natural gas extractions sites. In Lycoming County, more than 1,040 acres were disturbed mostly in the eastern and western edges of the county. The data collected during the study will be used to assess the effects of these disturbances and land-cover changes.
Written By Sarah Doyle – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
June 17, 2013