The latest installment is Landscape consequences of natural gas extraction in Somerset and Westmoreland Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010.
The study found that in Somerset County, 23 natural gas extraction sites resulted in more than 111 acres of disturbance, including 3 miles of new roads and 1 mile of new pipelines. In Westmoreland County, 1,658 natural gas extraction sites resulted in more than 2,651 acres of disturbance, including over 278 miles of new roads and 17 miles of new pipelines.
A spider web of natural gas infrastructure is being spun across Pennsylvania. Biodiversity is being impacted. How the face of Penn’s Woods will change and how the habitats of its inhabitants – human and non-human - will fare in the coming decades is being played out before our eyes. Will industry and regulators ensure that our natural heritage will be safely passed to future generations of Pennsylvanians?