About the Project

Through the Susquehanna River Basin Impacts Project, FracTracker Alliance, in partnership with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter and Clean Water Action, is taking a closer look at the Susquehanna River Watershed and its many challenges related to industrial development, including deforestation and sedimentation issues, nutrient loading from poor agricultural practices, sewer and stormwater runoff.

A significant component of Susquehanna River Basin impacts can be attributed to expanding oil and gas development. As part of the ongoing Marcellus Shale oil and gas boom, nearly 5,500 unconventional wells on roughly 2,000 well pads have been drilled in the Susquehanna River Watershed since 2007. According to the Nature Conservancy, shale gas companies could drill 27,600 additional wells in the Susquehanna River basin by 2030.

How will the Susquehanna River Watershed withstand future impacts from the oil and gas industry given the SRBC’s limited oversight? A first step in understanding the problem is to look at the state of the watershed today.

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Explore the upcoming events below to view more information about each forum. Click on the RSVP button to reserve your seat.

Susquehanna River Basin Impacts Project

Susquehanna River Basin Impacts Forum: Schuylkill County

Join the Sierra Club PA Chapter, FracTracker Alliance, Clean Water Action, and co-host Schuylkill Pipeline Awareness in Schuylkill County, for a look at how natural gas development is affecting the Susquehanna River Watershed in Pennsylvania. Discuss and learn about ways to becoming involved with efforts to protect this important watershed from the challenges of fracking […]

Susquehanna River Basin Impacts Project

Susquehanna River Basin Impacts Forum: Lancaster

Join the Sierra Club PA Chapter, FracTracker Alliance, Clean Water Action, and co-host Lancaster Against Pipelines, for a look at how natural gas development is affecting the Susquehanna River Watershed in Pennsylvania. Discuss and learn about ways to becoming involved with efforts to protect this important watershed from the challenges of fracking in this Susquehanna […]

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Susquehanna River Basin Impacts Forum: Williamsport

Join the Sierra Club PA Chapter, FracTracker Alliance, Clean Water Action, and co-host the Responsible Drilling Alliance, for a look at how natural gas development is affecting the Susquehanna River Watershed in Pennsylvania. Discuss and learn about ways to becoming involved with efforts to protect this important watershed from the challenges of fracking in this […]

Forest fragmentation in PA

Forest Fragmentation and O&G Development in PA’s Susquehanna Basin

In this forest fragmentation analysis, FracTracker looked at existing vegetation height in the northern portion of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Basin. The vegetation height data is available from LANDFIRE, a resource used by multiple federal agencies to assess wildfire potential by categorizing the vegetation growth in 30 by 30 meter pixels into different categories. In the […]

Project Forums

Join us for a look at how natural gas development is affecting the Susquehanna River Watershed in Pennsylvania in three upcoming forums:

Susquehanna River Basin Impacts project flyer

Project contacts: Joanne Kilgour, joanne.kilgour@sierraclub.org, (717) 232-0101;
Steve Hvozdovich, shvozdovich@cleanwater.org; and Kirk Jalbert, jalbert@fractracker.org