So we’ve analyzed the results — insert drum roll here… According to the FrackFinder project, in 2005, only 60 well pads – flattened dirt or gravel areas where one or more wells may be located – existed in the Marcellus Shale region of the state of Pennsylvania. In 2008, 410 new well pads were located. In the 2010 NAIP imagery, 950 additional new well pads were located. (I find the rate of increase in fracking activity quite noteworthy.) Total, our volunteers have found 1,420 well pads over the 5-year period.
Above: Animation of well pads from unconventional oil and gas drilling sites in Pennsylvania – 2005 (yellow), 2008 (orange), and 2010 (red) – according to FrackFinder: TADPOLE – PA results.
For more detail, you can view the interactive map where you can zoom in on individual sites even link to an image of the well pad.
This is only the first step in a series of crowd-sourced projects with the goal of finding, mapping, and tracking the extent of the visible surface impact from every fracking site we can see.