The way we produce, transport, and use energy is a challenge to The Nature Conservancy’s mission not just because of greenhouse gas emissions, but also because of the direct impacts energy infrastructure has on our forests, streams, and wildlife.
In the coming years, energy development will be the main reason we lose natural lands. And it’s not just about drilling sites. As many as 25,000 miles of new natural gas pipelines will be built in Pennsylvania by 2030, fragmenting our forests and degrading our streams.
The Nature Conservancy is a recognized authority on the impacts of energy development. Our pioneering study, the “Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment,” forecast the likely cumulative impacts of shale gas development on our state and region’s forests, water, and wildlife. One alarming finding: most of the remaining high-quality native brook trout streams in the state are in areas likely to see intense gas development.
We’ve developed cutting-edge tools to reduce the land and water impacts of energy development, and we’re advising industry and governments on how to use them.
The Nature Conservancy and the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative have released the first comprehensive picture of what future energy development could look like in the Appalachians
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.
Learn more about how shale development can affect Appalachian wildlife and habitats, and explore the science-based practices recommended by The Nature Conservancy to reduce potential impacts.