Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Less impact than what
It is true that with horizontal drilling, you can choose where to locate the drill rig, so that rigs do not need to be "in your face".
But this flexibility is a feature of horizontal drilling of any kind. The environmental benefit is that this flexibility can be used to minimize disruption of the land surface. It does not address the environmental problems specific to fracking, or automatically result in a better landscape.
It might be the case that the owner of the desired site would not sign the lease agreement, but his neighbor would.