Residents near drilling activity may see significant changes in their air quality, water quality and/or quality of life. Sometimes the issues and changes are quite small, but even a minute leak or emission can have large impacts on residents and their homes. This field diary chronicles the daily experiences of and problems encountered by Bill Hughes during his expeditions in the gas fields of West Virginia and greater Appalachia.

Field Diary Articles

Clearing land for shale gas pipeline in PA

A Push For Pipelines

By Bill Hughes, WV Community Liaison For anyone who even casually…

Surveyor Symbols & Signs – A Guide

The following guide is a simplified description of a variety…
Mess is near Stone Lantz pad, WV. - Photo by Bill Hughes

Stream Crossings – Oil and water don’t mix

By Bill Hughes, WV Community Liaison, FracTracker Alliance West…

Where have all the guardrails gone?

Guardrails vs. Trucks Wetzel County in northwestern West Virginia…

Gas Trucks Blocking Roads

Companies Lack Truck Traffic Coordination Recently, I was observing…
Inadequate vapor recovery system lead to residue forming on tank from escaping fumes. Jay-Bee was finally fined in Oct 2014 for these emissions.

Finally Fined – Oct. 5, 2014

Sometimes we all need to be more patient. Enforcement of environmental…