A statement from Kathryn Klaber of the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, a pro-drilling group in Pennsylvania:
LAND. Did you know that horizontal drilling significantly reduces the amount of surface space required to tap the Marcellus formation? And that natural gas producers are working with conservation and sportsmen’s groups when reclaiming well sites? To learn more about the steps Marcellus Shale Coalition member companies take when constructing, maintaining and reclaiming well sites and pipeline right of ways, visit our Recommended Practices for Site Planning, Development and Restoration.
WATER. Water plays a central role in the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale. Simply put, without it, we could not harvest this clean-burning resource. That’s why coalition member companies have worked diligently over the past few years to pioneer cutting edge water management practices that allow producers to recycle and reuse upwards of 90 percent of water that flows back to the surface for future well development plans. The MSC has also published Recommended Practices on Pre-Drill Water Supply Surveys and Water Pipelines that further demonstrates the commitment of the industry to responsibly manage our water resources.
AIR. With record volumes of natural gas now being produced here in Pennsylvania and across the country, air quality is improving, as recently noted by the Wall Street Journal. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States are at near 20 year lows, thanks to increased use of natural gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also cited increased use of natural gas as a driver behind the nearly 14 percent drop in air emissions across the Mid-Atlantic region.
GLOBAL IMPACT. Domestic natural gas development, and the undeniable environmental and societal benefits associated with this clean-burning resource has also caught the eye of a leading official at the United Nations. Kandeh Yumkella, co-head of the U.N.’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative recently told Reuters that “natural gas, including non-traditional shale gas, should play a major role in cutting greenhouse gases, protecting forests and improving the health and living standards of the world’s poor… Without it, the U.N.’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative will have difficulty meeting goals of ensuring universal energy access, doubling the world’s share of renewable energy and doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.”
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.