Hours from the city and miles from any highway, turbine blades that dwarf the oaks and maples that surround them slice through the air. Pipes extend miles below the ground, using pressurized liquid to shatter solid rock and free natural gas. A web of new shale gas infrastructure—roads, pipelines and well pads—is cutting through critical forests and rivers, compromising their ability to deliver clean air, water and other resources to both people and wildlife.
Here in Pennsylvania, we are at the center of an energy revolution that is sweeping the world, and a new analysis completed by The Nature Conservancy reveals that some of our most valuable ecological resources lie squarely in the path of this development.
“We have the tools to make a difference, but if we don’t act soon, there are going to be conflicts between energy development and environmental conservation, and conservation is likely to lose,” said Nels Johnson, lead scientist for the energy analysis.
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Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment
Read a summary to learn more about the Conservancy's unique, high-tech tool that will be used to inform smart energy development in Pennsylvania and the Central Appalachians.
Nature is resilient. Given the opportunity and a little help, it will fight its way back.