Researchers from Penn State University and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have created a mock wellpad to study ways to reclaim forest land disturbed by gas development.

After The Boom, Bringing Back The Forests

In the seven years since Marcellus Shale gas companies began working in Pennsylvania’s state forests, none of the nearly 1,700 affected acres has been fully restored and put back the way it was before drilling began. Now state foresters and Penn State scientists are trying to plan for the future and help gas companies figure out the best ways to clean up after themselves.