Often, when the exploitation moves closer to one’s home, landowners become more concerned than they formerly once were regarding many issues related to well development, compressor station emissions and pipeline safety.
Once the heavy truck traffic enters an area, families near the sites or the travel routes become more concerned about a variety of issues related to having the gas industry operating near their homes.
While most operators will take special care on the parking of a tanker hauling hydraulic fracturing supplies, still it is a new experience to have such vehicles on our rural roads. Employees need to be very careful and ensure that valves are properly closed and the product does not leak on access roads, public roads and parked areas.
Here are some initial steps folks can take to provide a measure of peace of mind and make an effort to address family, home, property safety issues.
If drilling is occurring within a mile radius of one’s home, it would probably be wise to take precautions. If one is uncertain of being within a mile — when notices are sent regarding gas permits, one can view the eMap and then find the home location and use the distance gauge on the eMap. It is a direct line as the crow flies, not the road distance to calculate. Of course, once the well permit map info is available, it could be perhaps 30 days or less before approval. That might not provide enough time to get everything done. The gas companies are informing the townships when they are beginning the process, so one can find out basic information by attending local township meetings.