In order to construct a well pad, vegetation is removed and the land is leveled. When constructing a pipeline, a right of way is established and cleared. The Marcellus Shale Coalition has a series of recommended practices on Site Planning, Development and Restoration that go into greater detail on land management guidelines. State regulations require that a well site be reclaimed within 90 days of completion. In short, although the landscape is temporarily modified to accommodate this development, it is ultimately restored in accordance with state regulations.
Is it disruptive to the land?
July 19, 2013