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NEW!!!    Aerial Images of Gas Drilling  

  The Loch Haven Express has uploaded a video of aerial photographs from the Pine Creek Valley in Central PA (approx 4 minutes long).

 

 

Traffic

Hydrofracking brings an influx of truck traffic into a drilling area. Research has calculated that in Pennsylvania, each fracked well requires an average of 592 one-way truck trips. The hundreds of trucks that rumble to and from drill sites are transporting water and toxic fracking chemicals, including waste water that contains large amounts of radium. Other concerns are increased traffic, potential accidents/spills, excessive road damage and the need for additional regulation and enforcement.

Noise & Light Pollution

Like all natural gas production, temporary noise and light pollution are consequences of drilling and fracking, lasting for approximately 6–8 weeks per well. Compressor stations are the more long-term problem, bringing the gas pressure in gathering lines up to that of larger pipelines. These stations are permanent, extremely noisy, and run day and night, for as long as the pipeline is functioning.

Air Pollution

In addition to pollution from diesel generators, drill rigs, trucks and other equipment, condensate tanks and the flaring of wells are significant sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxide, which react with sunlight to form ozone. Ozone can cause a range of respiratory health problems and lung disease.8 Compressor stations also emit toxic/carcinogenic pollutants for the life of the pipeline it is servicing. Proposed Marcellus Shale drilling in PA will be high-density, which will incrementally increase the impact of these emissions. In high-density drilling areas in Colorado and Wyoming, rural communities that were once pristine now have ozone levels higher than Los Angeles.

 

 

Sources
(7) Industry Sources
(8) Draft Oil and Gas Ozone Reduction Strategy, Regional Air Quality Counsel of Colorado, presented at April 10, 2008 meeting

 

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