Conservation Coalition focus on land impacts
The good, the bad and the ugly of Marcellus shale drilling in the heart of Pennsylvania's Marcellus gas fields was laid out by Mike Lovegreen, manager of the Bradford County Conservation District, at the October 2012 Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition conference. The number of well permits approved in Bradford County is approaching 2,000, and only one other county in the state have more than 1,000 permits.
Using already-dated information, he said the county had seen 75 water impoundments, 24 other water-intake sites, over1,400 access roads, 450 miles of pipeline, 30 supply yard, 15 quarries and several compressor stations, which all combined had used the same amount of land as 250 average-sized farms. Traffic congestion and other issues may be balanced against the influx of money and people.
The presentation was so balanced and factual that several people suggested that Mr. Lovegreen be invited him back to present again when we have a Laurel Highlands Summit, tentatively in the spring.
Other presentations included a study by U.S. Geological Survey of the land impacts of Marcellus drilling in Washington and Bradford Counties, and a panel representing three of the four Conservation Districts in the area. The presentations are linked below (the Bradford presentation is so long it is uploaded in 3 segments).
- Bradford County Marcellus Impacts, Part 1, Mike Lovegreen, Bradford Conservation District
- Bradford County Marcellus Impacts, Part 2
- Bradford County Marcellus Impacts, Part 3
- USGS Study of Gas Activity, Washington and Bradford Counties, Terry Slonecker, USGS
- PA Regulations on Land Disturbances, Rita Coleman, DEP
- Unsuitable for Mining applications, Beverly Braverman, Mountan Watershed Assn.