The actual and potential impacts of natural gas hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on forests and watersheds—including the Chesapeake Bay watershed—are the focus of “Fracking’s Footprint—Scientists Study Impact of Shale Gas Development on Pennsylvania’s Forests,” in the July 2012 issue of CSA News, available online at https://www.crops.org/publications/csa-news/. The article gives an introduction to the rapid expansion since 2004 of hydraulic fracturing wells in the Marcellus shale formation underlying Pennsylvania and other mid-Atlantic states, and discusses several research questions being investigated to help identify and possibly better manage fracking’s impacts. CSA News is published by the Crop Science Socity of America, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. For more information about CSA News, phone (608) 273-8080 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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