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AMC and Natural Gas Development

What’s at Stake?

The Appalachian region is witnessing a boom in natural gas development. This is mostly happening in the area known as the Marcellus Shale formation, which consists of some of the most beautiful and least developed parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, including large sections of the Poconos, the Catskills, the Allegheny National Forest, and the Delaware Water Gap. Other shale formations have the potential to also produce natural gas, which then must be moved to market through existing and new pipelines for commercial and residential uses. In Pennsylvania, over half of the state parks lie within this shale region and are threatened, and about one third of the state forests are already leased for natural gas extraction. AMC’s commitment to conservation includes an obligation to evaluate and address natural resource extraction, especially when adverse impacts affect public lands and waters.  

Many activities involved in natural gas development have potentially dangerous consequences for our land, water, air, and climate. All of these impacts threaten publicly cherished environmental and recreational resources. 


At the core of AMC’s natural gas policy is a commitment to protect our public lands. The policy is outlined in the club’s broader Energy Policies, and states that “public lands deserve special attention to assure that the values for which they were initially protected remain available for public benefit.”

Explore an interactive map and read personal stories about the impacts of natural gas development on outdoor recreation at Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures. 

Learn about our work on the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project

Learn about our work on the PennEast Pipeline Project

Learn about our work on air quality

Our Position

AMC believes in keeping drilling activity off public lands, protecting access to public lands, protecting air and water quality, and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.