What can be done to address health concerns? What have others done?

Industry Representatives

Air Quality & Safety

In 2011, the Shale Gas Roundtable, a multi-stakeholder group of leaders in Pennsylvania, convened to consider ways to promote effective and responsible oil and gas development in the state. One of the roundtable’s recommendations is to consider building pipelines to transport water to and from the well site (see Box 14. Case Study:  A Solution in Water Sourcing). 1 It is also important to consider, however, the issues raised by pipeline construction (for more on pipelines, see Appendix E). Furthermore, operators could also work with other companies in the region, as well as state and local authorities, to identify locations for centralized processing facilities and infrastructure that would optimize transport routes while reducing surface disturbance and traffic. 2


  1. University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, “Shale Gas Roundtable:  Deliberations, Findings, and Recommendations” (August 2013): 10.
  2. University of Pittsburgh, 12.