09 Apr '11, 2am

Penn State researchers say drilling sites "could mean the difference between life or extinction" for some PA wildlife.

At a recent forum, researchers from Penn State University discussed how natural gas operations can threaten wildlife and how careful planning is required to avoid harming wild animals and their habitat. According to a news report, the researchers explained that "The location of a Marcellus Shale drilling pad site could mean the difference between life or extinction for some of Pennsylvania's unique wildlife." Recent reports from Pennsylvania and West Virginia have also concluded there are significant risks to fish and other aquatic life. Additionally, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department task force has drafted a report on the impacts of oil and gas operations on North Dakota's wildlife. According to a news report, the draft report found risks of diminished hunting and outdoor recreational opportunities through the loss of primary habitat due to direct and indirect effec...

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