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The Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources began a detailed study of the impacts from Marcellus Shale drilling more than three years ago. This is the first in what will be a series of reports outlining the impacts of drilling on state-owned lands, including state forests. This first report can be summed up in a comment from the opening preface to the report: "...shale-gas production on state forest lands is neither benign nor catastrophic. There are clearly impacts and tradeoffs associated with this activity. The question is what tradeoffs are acceptable. The Bureau of Forestry considers these tradeoffs and attempts to balance the various uses and values of the forest."