The negative impacts from one aspect of gas production may seem to be a large, widespread problem. The cumulative effect of the negative impacts from industry activity is quite large. Thousands of gas wells, dozens of disposal wells and land farms, thousands of miles of pipeline, hundreds of miles of road applications, thousands of trucks, dozens of chemical storage sites, over a hundred compressor stations, and many other things combine to contribute to an overall pollution problem that harms people in the area including industry employees.
These negative effects not only harm people's health, but their financial situation as well. Many people have had their businesses and farms negatively affected by this industry as well as having new expenses like water filters, earthquake insurance, road repairs, and increased healthcare needs.
Water can be contaminated from spills, sediment runoff, land & road applications, illegal dumping, methane and fluid migration, and many other ways. Air can be contaminated from trucks, compressor stations, fluid pits, land & road applications, lost methane, and other engines, generators, & compressors used by the industry. Land can be contaminated from spills & leaks, land & road applications, illegal dumping, lost methane, and clear-cutting. Building well pads, pipelines, and roads fragments the land into sections. Earthquakes have been proven to have been caused by disposal wells in Arkansas and these earthquakes continue today. These earthquakes have caused damage to homes and businesses.
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As of Feb. of 2013, there were 4,500 active gas wells in the Fayetteville Shale area with 15-30,000 projected.
Roads and bridges in the area are being damaged faster than they can be repaired. The industry does supplement some of their damage, but a great deal of it gets paid for by the taxpayer. Employees are not always properly trained or equipped to do their job in a manner that keeps them safe. These employees will be some of the first to see the long term health effects from this industry.
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The Economy has benefited from the industry. Long term costs from environmental and road damage as well as higher healthcare costs and damaged farming and tourism will negate any benefits.