Doing it Right: Ensuring Responsible Natural Gas Development on our Public Lands

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Key Points

  • The burning of natural gas contributed more than 21 percent of the country's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008.
  • Local air quality has been severely degraded in some areas due to the extraction and processing of natural gas.
  • Natural gas development can — and does — cause long-term, cumulative impacts on lands, wildlife, and ecosystems including habitat fragmentation.
  • Hydraulic fracturing is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and companies are not required to publicly disclose the chemicals that they inject underground, sometimes close to drinking water sources.
  • Natural gas construction activities are exempt from the federal stormwater prevention program.
  • Policies and laws need to ensure that natural gas development is done responsibly and in an environmentally-safe manner.