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Shale Gas Policy & Adaptive Management

Cumulative Impacts

While individual well pads may have limited or sporadic impact on water resources, the collective impact of such rapid and dense industrial activity is likely to lead to further negative environmental consequences if not managed properly. In the journal Environmental Science and Policy, we examine how collective impacts can be significant challenges accompanying shale gas development.


WRI provides expert testimony at hearings and panels organized by various stakeholders, from the US House of Representatives to the NY State Assembly. WRI seeks to represent a neutral, science-based perspective. See here for past activity.

WRI provides expert commentary on proposed state, interstate, and federal policy. See here for past activity.

In December 2011 the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released a draft study entitled “Investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming.” The study was initiated in response to a series of complaints by Pavillion residents regarding taste and odor problems in domestic water wells. See here for WRI's perspective on the EPA study, and what it means for NY.