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Shale gas development in the East has taken on new dimensions in recent years, where energy companies are drilling for gas in the Marcellus and Utica shales. Underlying parts of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland, the shale deposits have made the region a hotbed for "fracking," a process that allows the extraction of gas from deep underneath the ground by injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure. The industrialization of remote areas -- clearing forested areas for well construction, building new roads and pipelines, and withdrawing water from rivers and streams -- all have the potential to have profound effects on fishing and hunting in the region.
TU advocates for responsible energy development across the country. Here, in a region with some of the best trout water in the country and many of the East's best remaining forested habitats, it is critical that shale gas development be done in a way that protects these places special to sportsmen and women for future generations. Among the ways TU is working to protect our fish and wildlife resources:
TU has been a staunch advocate for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat when it comes to shale gas exploration. From testifying at U.S. Senate hearings on energy and natural resources and participating in setting standards for best practices of energy development, to bringing the voice of sportsmen and women to state capitals in the region, TU is a valued voice when it comes to protecting coldwater habitat from shale gas drilling impacts.
Katy Dunlap, Eastern Water Project Director,
Paula Piatt, Eastern Sportsmen Organizer,
Eastern Communications Director
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