The results of our newly published study, titled Setback distances for unconventional oil and gas development: Delphi study results, have prompted EHP to recommend increasing the Pennsylvania minimum setback distances. EHP recommends increasing the current 500 feet (possibly as little as 300 feet in residential areas) for smaller shale gas facilities to a minimum of 0.6 miles (3,281 feet or 1 km), and increasing the current 750 feet for gas processing plants and large compressor complexes to a minimum of 1.25 miles (6,600 feet or 2 km). 

For more information, see EHP’s Setback Distances Fact Sheet.*
To read the study, click here.*

Read the Environmental Health News article, Fracking in Pennsylvania is too close to residents for safety: Study (8/23/18)

*These documents show the urgent need for more attention to setback distances. Setbacks may need to be greater than the ones proposed here.




The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD, commonly known as “fracking”). Our team of medical professionals, community service professionals, and public health scientists is here to help!

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