The Sportsmen Alliance for Marcellus Conservation (Sportsmen Alliance) is a coalition of sportsmen and women working together to identify and mitigate the impacts of gas drilling and related development on hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor sporting activities. As shale gas development began to increase at a rapid pace and scale across northern Appalachia, sportsmen and women from across the region joined forces and created the Sportsmen Alliance to urge state and federal agencies and the energy industry to protect long-held hunting, fishing and trapping traditions.
Communities in the eastern shale gas region have a rich heritage of hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor traditions on public and private lands – the very places targeted for shale gas development.
Passed down from generation to generation, these sporting traditions have become part of the cultural and social fabric, as well as a large driver of local economies.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than $16.4 billion in revenue is generated each year in Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia – the three largest Marcellus Shale states – from fishing, hunting and wildlife-related recreation. And across the region there are over 18 million sportsmen and women whose interests are at stake.
The Sportsmen Alliance is not opposed to gas drilling and recognizes the potential economic and social benefits. Rather, it is concerned that the current state and local policies governing gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing and pipeline construction in the eastern shale gas region do not adequately protect valuable and irreplaceable natural resources, including clean water and critical habitat for fish and wildlife.