Environmental Concerns

General resources

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Resource MapperThis website allows you to identify important environmental features in your area, including state-regulated freshwater wetlands and rare plants and animals.

2012 Leak Detection Study This study, commissioned by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, found that hazardous liquid pipeline leaks were more likely to be found by first responders or members of the public than by pipeline companies.

Ohio Best Management Practices for Pipeline Installation and Soil Health – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Soil and Water Resources has developed a model pipeline standard and construction specification to provide guidelines for controlling and minimizing the adverse impacts of pipeline construction on Ohio’s soil and water resources.


Location-specific resources

Tully Valley


Climate Change

Animated graphic of anticipated climate change in New York State under various emissions scenarios, developed by Union of Concerned Scientists

Figure showing increasing trends in heavy precipitation events nationwide, developed by United States Global Change Research Program


Other articles of interest

Environmentalists raise concerns about gas line under French Creek, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/25/14

Do you live near a natural gas leak? Google Street View cars are finding out, The Washington Post, 7/16/14

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South, desmogblog.com, 6/25/14

For Minnesota’s pristine wetlands, N.D. oil boom is new threat, 6/9/14

Federal court faults regulators for not appraising full effect of Tennessee Gas pipeline project on N.J. Highlands, 6/7/14

Federal appeals court sides with environmentalists against Tennessee Gas Pipeline, sends line back to regulators, 6/6/14

It’s Watershed vs. Pipeline in Latest Fracking Battle, Wall Street Journal, 6/4/14

The Frontlines of Fracking, Tomgram, 1/30/14

Researchers find nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in District’s aging pipe system, Washington Post, 1/16/14

Fossil Fuel Interests, Environmentalists, and Unions Find One Thing They Can Agree On, ThinkProgress, 12/9/13

Environmentalists, unions, industry seek to fix expensive natural gas pipeline leaks, StarTribune, 12/8/13

Shale Gas: Killing Coal Without Cutting CO2, CO2 Scorecard, 12/2/13

Oil Spill in North Dakota Raises Detection Concerns, New York Times, 10/23/13

Marcellus gas facilities, near to one another or even linked, are evaluated individually for pollution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/6/13

The Flip Side of Obama’s Keystone XL Delay, MintPress News, 9/7/13

Landslide Damages Gas Pipeline, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, 8/17/13



Source: Syracuse Post Standard, 2/10/14

Source: Syracuse Post Standard, 2/10/14


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