Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Agriculture

Links related to the impact of gas development on agriculture. This is particularly important to organic farming.

- 1532 - [2014] - NEW SOLUTIONS, Vol. 23(1) 189-201, 2013 - Baywood Publishing Co., Inc, Madelon l. Finkel Jane Selegean Jake Hays Nitin Kondamudi - "Marcellus Shale Drilling’s Impact on the Dairy Industry in Pennsylvania: A Descriptive Report"
"Unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania has accelerated over the past five years, and is unlikely to abate soon. Dairy farming is a large component of Pennsylvania’s agricultural economy. This study compares milk production, number of cows, and production per cow in counties with significant unconventional drilling activity to that in neighboring counties with less unconventional drilling activity, from 1996 through 2011. Milk production and milk cows decreased in most counties since 1996, with larger decreases occurring from 2007 through 2011 (when unconventional drilling increased substantially) in five counties with the most wells drilled compared to six adjacent counties with fewer than 100 wells drilled. While this descriptive study cannot draw a causal association between well drilling and decline in cows or milk production, given the importance of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and the projected increase in unconventional natural gas drilling, further research to prevent unintended economic and public health consequences is imperative."
- 1578 - [October 2, 2014] - Pess State Extensions, Patrick Drohan and Mark Madden - "Effects on Agriculture"
"Farmstead concerns relating to Marcellus natural gas development revolve around land, water, economics, and community.
Natural gas development in Pennsylvania may include construction of drilling pads, access roads, pipelines, compressor stations, water impoundments, water withdrawal access sites, and drilling-related storage and equipment construction areas (“laydown yards”)."