Resources for Landowners in Areas with Oil & Gas Development

As oil and gas development increases across the nation, so does public concern regarding the potential environmental impacts of the extraction process. These energy resources are often extracted by a process referred to as hydraulic fracturing (fracking). While the hydraulic fracturing process has many safeguards and restrictions to protect groundwater resources, routine sampling and testing of your private well water is recommended in order to determine its baseline quality and to monitor for possible impacts over time.

The following resources will provide you with general information regarding hydraulic fracturing, water quality testing guidelines, and frequently asked questions.

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What is Hydraulic Fracturing?

Water Quality Testing Guidance:

State Specific Information about Hydraulic Fracturing:



Other Landowner Resources:

Related Research & Policy:

Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale (New York and Pennsylvania):

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