Environmental Stewardship

Tenaska Resources takes seriously its commitment to uphold the company’s record of responsible environmental stewardship in its energy development projects. Tenaska Resources aims to be 100 percent compliant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and respective state rules, regulations and statutory requirements established to protect the environment and health of area residents.

Tenaska Resources strives to develop and operate natural gas well sites in complete compliance with or better than applicable regulatory standards. The company works with landowners and communities to create responsible solutions that meet their needs and the needs of the projects. Tenaska Resources has talented energy experts available to ensure the safety and efficiency of the site preparation, well drilling, production and reclamation processes, and has developed excellent relationships with experienced and reliable contractors who understand the commitment to doing the job right.

The geologic structure of the Appalachian Basin is a prime location for natural gas storage and transportation, and the natural gas industry has been active in the region for more than 200 years. In that time, significant progress has been made in technology and industry practices to allow for safe, reliable natural gas extraction and transportation.

Air Quality

The EPA regulates air emissions to protect the health of nearby residents and the environment. Protecting air quality and public and employee health are priorities for Tenaska Resources. The company employs the latest technology available to reduce the impact on air quality from its natural gas extraction, production and transportation operations.

Minimal Surface Disruption

Horizontal drilling actually reduces surface disruption compared to traditional natural gas wells because fewer wells are needed to access a larger area of the target geologic formation.

Tenaska Resources maintains total site containment and control and meticulous safety policies. In keeping with the enhanced oil and gas acts in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the company strives for a zero-tolerance policy for environmental incidents and prides itself on its compliance record.

Tenaska well sites are strictly maintained with minimal disruption of the surface land, and all sites are properly reclaimed once wells are completed.

Water Quality

Tenaska Resources’ natural gas wells are drilled far below groundwater reservoirs, with several layers of impermeable rock separating the natural gas and fresh groundwater aquifers and surface water bodies. Utilizing multiple layers of steel pipe “casing” and cement, wells are constructed to prevent the migration of natural gas and fluids to fresh groundwater and surface soils.

Tenaska Resources uses only EPA-approved substances to mix with water in hydraulic fracturing, a process that creates small fissures in deep shale formations and allows natural gas to be extracted. Hydraulic-fracturing fluids are absorbed in the formation, much like a sponge absorbs water, during the hydraulic-fracturing process to allow for natural gas removal. A percentage of the water used in the hydraulic-fracturing process is recovered and recycled to protect against having to use large quantities of fresh water. Tenaska participates in FracFocus, a public registry to report all substances used in hydraulic-fracturing operations.