Shale Gas Infrastructure

The Marcellus Shale is a black shale formation that is located beneath the Appalachian basin and most of Pennsylvania. Considered to be one of the largest sources of natural gas in America, there is great interest surrounding the economic potential of drilling in the Marcellus Shale. However there are also serious environmental concerns. The Council’s Shale Gas Infrastructure Program tracks a wide variety of air quality issues associated with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus formation.
As natural gas infrastructure continues to expand throughout Pennsylvania and the Eastern seaboard, Clean Air Council remains steadily committed to supporting impacted communities in their struggles for a clean and healthy environment. This includes communities that are facing hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, compressor stations, pumping stations, storage facilities, and refineries.
Every stage of natural gas production and delivery causes air pollution. Shale gas operations can cause local air quality issues and interfere with our region’s ability to meet air quality standards. The Council maintains informational resources for residents, community groups, and public officials on the public health impacts of shale gas infrastructure. A full list of our resources is available at:
Protect Our Children (POC) is a coalition of parents, concerned citizens, and advocacy organizations, dedicated to protecting school children from the health risks of shale gas drilling and infrastructure. We aim to mobilize communities to prevent shale gas infrastructure near schools, through connecting local groups to shared resources and information needed to protect our children’s health and safety. Our goal is to limit children’s exposure to harmful pollutants by keeping shale gas drilling and infrastructure one mile away from schools. More information about Protect Our Children is available here: 
The Council is directly involved in community efforts to analyze the environmental, health, and safety impacts of shale gas pipelines and related infrastructure. Our response to shale gas infrastructure includes education, organizing, and legal advocacy to ensure that residents are well informed about the impacts to their communities and are able to pursue avenues for making their voices heard. More information about the proposed Atlantic Sunrise and Mariner East pipelines is available here:
Bureaucratic Improvement and Legal Action:
The Council will compare air regulations and policies of the Pennsylvania DEP’s various regional offices to ensure enforcement of regulations and to advocate for consistency where necessary. The Council will review and track issued permits to ensue that regional offices are applying policies and regulations as required. The Council will also identify best management practices and best available technologies that will be incorporated into future regulations.

Some of the Council’s recent shale-related achievements include:
•        Forcing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to be more transparent in permit evaluations as part of a legal settlement.
•        Forcing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to adopt US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition of single-source determination. 
•        Assisting a group to formally petition the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to complete air monitoring and a health assessment of a community living near a waste water impoundment. ATSDR accepted the petition and is currently performing the assessment
•        Organizing a local group to advocate for and get better technologies for new compressor stations and other fracking infrastructure.
•        Advocating for and achieving best practices for preventing air pollution at compressor stations and increased air monitoring at compressor stations. Some PA DEP regional offices are now starting to include these permit conditions into new plan approvals before the Council even has to suggest it.

July 14, 2014
1:44 PM
25 People Arrested Blocking Entrances to FERC, Protesting Proposed Fracked Gas Export Facility and Pipelines.
WASHINGTON - July 14 - Residents impacted by shale gas infrastructure and their supporters, including Council staff, blocked the entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters today in protest of the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and pipeline projects throughout the northeast.
The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, or the Central Penn Lines North and South would create a shortcut between the existing Transco Leidy Line in Columbia County with the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline in Lancaster County.  It is a greenfield pipeline, meaning it would create a new Right-Of-Way (ROW). 

Contact: Sam Koplinka-Loehr, Shale Gas Organizer. (215) 567-4004 x115 or 

What is it?

 Last Wednesday night, Williams’ Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company held an open house at Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania regarding their proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. Over 1000 landowners and community members came prepared to ask questions of the Fortune 200 Company about the impacts that the project will have on their communities.

Comments of Clean Air Council on the Environmental Analysis Prepared by FERC Relating to Dominion Cove Point Liquefaction Project