Most of the following possible lease terms derive from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation’s publication The Marcellus Shale: Resources for Stakeholders in the Upper Delaware Watershed Region (Dec. 15, 2010).
- Require use of mufflers on drill rig engines.
- Require use of quieter electric motors rather than diesel or gas engines.
- Use engineered sound barriers and sound insulated buildings when well sites are within close proximity of residential or other buildings.
- Require planting of trees or construction of berms to mitigate noise.
- Require use of automated well monitoring systems after well completion. This has the additional benefit of reducing vehicle traffic for monitoring purposes.
- Limit operational hours to prevent excessive noise during night time hours.
- Prohibit the siting of compressor stations on the leased property or require them to be placed in sound-insulated buildings.