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Comparison of Landscape Impacts Resulting from Development of Several North American Shale Plays

Authors: Shanon Donnelly*, University of Akron, David Kramar, Minnesota State Moorhead, Joseph Oduro Appiah, University of Northern British Columbia
Topics: Energy, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Landscape
Keywords: shale gas, landscape, North America
Session Type: Paper
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The extraction and transport of shale gas has increased dramatically over the past decade in North America. Numerous landscape impacts have been documented from this development but the impacts vary greatly between different shale plays and no systematic comparison has yet been made. The goal of this research is to compare the landscape impacts across several shale plays in North America. Comparisons will be made in terms of the types of dominant infrastructure in each location and the types of landscape change resulting from these features. Production in the Marcellus/Utica shale, the Bakken shale, and several shale plays in British Columbia will be examined.

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