Ecosystems http://wesa.fm en Federal Study: Shale Development Fragmenting Allegheny County Forests http://wesa.fm/post/federal-study-shale-development-fragmenting-allegheny-county-forests <p>A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) delineates how the construction of new roads and pipelines for Marcellus Shale natural gas development and other energy industries can mince up local forests, leading to smaller ecosystems and limiting wildlife.</p><p>Using aerial imagery, USGS researchers found that developers laid 140 miles of new roads and eight miles of new pipelines for the sake of 647 Marcellus Shale gas wells drilled in Allegheny County from 2004 to 2010.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:52:50 +0000 Noah Brode 6123 at http://wesa.fm Federal Study: Shale Development Fragmenting Allegheny County Forests