22 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol'y F. 303 (2011-2012)
Can Volunteers Pick up the Slack - Efforts to Remedy Knowledge Gaps about the Watershed Impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Development

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EFFORTS TO REMEDY KNOWLEDGE GAPS
ABOUT THE WATERSHED IMPACTS OF
MARCELLUS SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT
ABBY J. KINCHY & SIMONA L. PERRYt
INTRODUCTION
Since 2008, a natural gas boom has been underway in
Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as oil and gas companies are
pursuing a source of natural gas that was previously considered too
difficult to access-the Marcellus Shale.' Activities associated with
development of the Marcellus Shale, including the handling of large
quantities of hazardous waste water, and land use changes leading to
soil erosion and runoff, are likely to pose significant environmental
risks and cause contamination of streams, ponds, and other surface
water if not managed properly. In response to the relative lack of
regulatory or professional monitoring of watershed degradation,
private citizens are increasingly taking the task of environmental
monitoring into their own hands, forming volunteer watershed
monitoring groups and using an array of tests to detect water
pollution. Public agencies, such as the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection, and university scientists, such as
researchers at Pennsylvania State University, are encouraging these
activities as a supplement to monitoring by regulatory scientists and
as a source of data for environmental research. Many water
t  Abby Kinchy is a sociologist whose research deals with questions about science,
technology, agriculture, and the environment. She has a Ph.D. from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, and has been an assistant professor in the Science and Technology Studies
Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 2007. Simona Perry is a social and
environmental scientist, currently working as a research scientist in the Science and Technology
Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Wildlife and
Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009.
1. U.S. ENERGY INFO. ADMIN., Pennsylvania Drives Northeast Natural Gas Production
Growth (Aug. 30, 2011), available at http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=2870;
Jonathan D. Silver, The Marcellus Boom / Origins: The Story of a Professor, a Gas Driller and
Wall Street, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, Mar. 20, 2011, http://www.post-gazette.com/
pg/11079/1133325-503.stm/.

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