Penn State Researcher: Most PA Drill Pads Prone to Erosion

A new 12-month study by a Penn State researcher says that 50-70% of shale gas pads in Pennsylvania are constructed on slopes prone to erosion and sedimentation problems. The researcher, Dr. Patrick Drohan, is quick to point out such problems don’t necessarily exist for those pads—he’s just pointing out they could exist given the right conditions, and he believes the pads need to monitored closely.

Here’s the Penn State press release talking about the newly released study (unfortunately we could not get a copy of the study itself):

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