Exploring Vulnerability of State Parks to Hazards Associated with Oil and Gas Development within the Permian Basin Region of Texas

Authors: Samuel Ross*,
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Applied Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Hazards, Geospatial, Oil, Vulnerability, Monitoring
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Protected lands, such as state parks, are located within shared confined space with oil and gas developments. Hazards associated with proximity to oil and gas extractive practices are well documented. The Permian Basin region of west Texas is a significant oil producing location and currently over 180,000 oil and gas wells are located within the region. Selecting state regulated public lands within counties of the Permian Basin region of Texas and oil and gas well location data obtained through Texas Railroad Commission, this study explores the issues of potential vulnerability through examining proximity of public lands to oil and gas development to state parks. By using geospatial methods, such as emerging hot spot analysis, this study identifies areas of vulnerability to concentrations of oil and gas development over time. This study adds to the discussion of protected area vulnerability and to the current research on hazards and landscape conditions affected by oil and gas development.

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