We’re hearing more and more about the destructive effects of the extreme extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to obtain natural gas. Many research studies have been released to support the harms to health, the environment, air quality, and water sources that have been obvious for years to those living near fracking wells.

The infrastructure to get fracked gas out of heavily fracked areas like the Marcellus Shale is growing exponentially, and the public is increasingly resisting the incursions on their land and communities. While fewer studies have been conducted on the harms of infrastructure facilities like compressor stations, people nonetheless are suffering ill effects from the resulting air pollution and noise.

We know pipelines explode and leak, but we don’t always have ready access to information about them. Even basic information, such as the location of wells, compressor stations and pipelines, can be difficult to obtain.

The good news is that there are many good resources out there, and new ones being developed every day. Cetology will list some here, particularly those pertaining to the Marcellus Shale. (The list is pretty sparse right now, but will continue to grow.)


Clean Air Council's Map of Natural Gas Facilities in Pennsylvania
Clean Air Council’s Map of Natural Gas Facilities in Pennsylvania

The Clean Air Council provides a resource  to locate gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania–compressor stations, dehydration stations, process facilities, NGL pumping stations, pipelines, and power plants. You can even use it to report problems with air and water. There are instructions on using the map, which you can find here.

Compressor stations in the Washington, DC area, a birdseye view. Some of the information here is a little outdated, but you will find excellent pictures and maps of compressor stations along the Transco line in Maryland and Virginia.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Route

The Marcellus Shale

Marcellus Life – A  PublicSource project that tells the stories of people living and working in Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom.

Sacrified Zones: Fracking in the Mid-Atlantic – This project is a photographic exploration of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing and gas pipeline expansion in the Marcellus Shale. (Copyrighted material.)

Money in Politics

Open Secrets – A comprehensive source for donations to Congressional and Presidential candidates and PAC’s and lobbying expenditures.

Here is a quick link to Dominion lobbying expenditures in Congress. (You can also view which specific issues and legislation are lobbied for.)

The Virginia Public Access Project provides information on political spending in Virginia.

Dominion Resources

Dominion Truth – An entire website devoted to the facts about Dominion

Cove Point LNG

We Are Cove Point – A coalition of people and organizations working together to stop Cove Point LNG in Lusby, MD. Numerous fact sheets on the Cove Point LNG conversion and LNG exports.

Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community – An organization addressing safety, health and environmental issues affecting the Cove Point community and beyond.

Southern Maryland News coverage of Cove Point

Pipeline Accidents

List of pipeline accidents in the United States in the 21st century

Mountain Valley Pipeline

Pipeline Information Network – An independent community resource group researching the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

EQT Corporation’s website on the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition

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