Natural gas demand is projected to continue to rise. To meet this demand an increase in exploration and drilling will occur. This paper identifies some long term ecological impacts that remain following the plug and abandonment of the drill pads.
Miller, Adam J.; Williams, Hans Michael; Farrish, Kenneth W.; Oswald, Brian P.; and Unger, Daniel, "Soil and Plant Characteristics Compared Between Abandoned Natural Gas Drill Pads and Adjacent Areas, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana" (2009). Faculty Presentations. Paper 12.