Fracking is causing invasion of harmful non-native plants in Pennsylvania forests, PSU researchers say

Invasive, non-native plant species are “rapidly invading” northern forests in Pennsylvania because of fracking in the Marcellus shale basin, a group of Penn State researchers say.

The spread of invasive plants could have longterm detrimental consequences for forest ecosystems, animals and birds, timbering and ecotourism, the researchers say.

Invasive plant seeds in gravel and mud are being spread by the tires and undercarriages of fracking equipment and trucks, the researchers found.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

“Given the fact that, on average, 1,235 one-day truck trips delivering fracturing fluid and proppant are required to complete an unconventional well, the potential to transport plant propagules is significant,” said Kathryn Barlow, a doctoral degree candidate in ecology.

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