In the Age of Satellite Technology, it’s Harder to Hide Bad Drilling Practices

by Nicole Good on November 5, 2011

On Thursday, November 3rd, the Ecology Coalition of Morgan County held a presentation on how satellite technology and data collection will be used to track the effect of shale gas drilling on the West Virginia landscape.

SkyTruth, a non-profit organization based out of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has used satellite imagery to map human impacts such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the expansion of oil and gas activities in the western United States.  Now they are launching a pilot watchdog program to monitor oil and gas activities in the Marcellus region, and hopefully reduce the impact of poor drilling practices.  After all– someone will always be watching.

You can help!  Click here to visit the interactive map on SkyTruth’s website.   You can report an incident, or sign up for alerts if there is an incident in your area.  Zoom in to West Virginia to read about recent reports, including a produced water spill that happened earlier this week.

Read more  or listen to the story on WV Public Broadcasting…

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