|Published online: April 10, 2014||$US5.00|
New developments in horizontal drilling methods have allowed for the previously untouched basin of energy called Marcellus Shale, spanning from northern Ohio and West Virginia into Pennsylvania and New York, to be explored. As a result, the Marcellus Shale drilling initiative has impacted townships due to the rise in traffic flow of heavy trucks commuting to and from drilling sites, increasing the overall transportation demand on roadways. However, drilling companies have contributed to the redevelopment of rural roads due to the responsibility in maintaining roadway conditions such as paving dirt roads, filling ruts, and widening roads, to enable safe truck travel. This research explores the sustainability of the redevelopment of rural roads as a result of Marcellus Shale drilling. A Project Evaluation Survey and a Pairwise Comparison Survey are used to identify sustainable practices for integration into these redevelopment projects, based on existing sustainable transportation rating systems. The results are synthesized and provide sustainable roadway redevelopment recommendations specific to Marcellus Shale projects. As the demand for drilling continues to rise, it is important to promote sustainable transportation practices for future redevelopment projects.
|Keywords:||transportation, sustainability, Marcellus Shale, decision making, performance measures|
The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.31-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.004KB)).
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA
Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA