Fracking

Policy Changes to Impact our Health and the Outdoors It’s clear the Trump Administration is rolling back protective environmental standards and rules to support the fossil fuel industry. The New York Times recently updated the tally to a total of 84 completed and in-process rollbacks, which include the Clean Power Plan, the Methane rules for…

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Northeastern Pennsylvania is on its way to officially becoming a fracking-free zone. In November 2017, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released draft regulations that included a basin-wide ban on the high-pressure injection of water and sediment into the ground to release natural gas for harvesting. A public comment period ended March 30, and DRBC…

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AMC staff monitors energy development proposals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to assess impacts on conservation lands and other ecologically significant areas. Among the many projects currently under consideration are industrial-scale wind farms, power lines, and pipelines that would cut across the Appalachian Trail, fragment National Forests, and further develop critical areas like the Mid-Atlantic…

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It’s obvious to those of us who hike that open spaces, especially those along ridgelines, tend to be breezy spots. We love climbing to those inspiring heights for the solitude, the unspoiled views, and the sense of accomplishment they provide, wind or no wind. Energy developers covet many of the same places here in the…

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Our region’s increasing demand for energy is exacting a toll on places valued for recreation, and AMC recently launched a campaign to encourage members to curb their energy use. Dubbed the “Cleanest Energy” campaign, the effort is built on the premise that the cleanest energy is energy not used. While the Northeast is transitioning away…

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Like many hikers, I spend a great deal of time staring at maps and dreaming of the possibilities of adventure and escape they evoke. For several years now, I have come back to maps of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) in north-central Pennsylvania—and not just because I hiked the trail system for my new book,…

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Recent natural gas prices have hit all-time lows, because underground supplies have become more accessible through a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. While that fuel burns relatively cleanly and is less expensive than other energy sources, gas extracted by fracking carries with it other costs that make this energy anything but cheap. Fracking…

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