Minimizing Environmental Impacts

What technologies and practices can be used to minimize environmental impacts during natural gas development?

The process of finding and producing natural gas from the Fayetteville Shale can be described as a series of discrete steps and processes. Each major step is shown below. Click on any of the boxes for additional information about technologies and practices that help to minimize environmental impacts associated with that step.

Environmental Technology Flow Diagram Seismic Studies Site Preparation Drilling Well Preparation Well Production and Water Management Pipeline Construction Closure

Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Protect Threatened and Endangered Species: The Arkansas ecological services field office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Conway, Arkansas, has developed voluntary draft BMPs for protecting threatened and endangered species in the Fayetteville Shale region. The BMPs focus on buffer zones or setbacks between sensitive structures or populations and natural gas development activities. The BMPs also identify times of the year when sensitive activities or life stages occur. To the extent possible, the USFWS recommends scheduling natural gas development activities outside of these critical time periods.

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Minimizing Environmental Impacts

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