this pic is a view from a Texas state park under a spiderweb
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From: Dennis Gissell <Dennis.Gissell@tpwd.state.tx.us>
Sent: Wed, January 23, 2013 1:39:17 PM
Subject: Response to your request for information
Dear Sir or Madame:
Thank you for visiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website and for asking about the impacts of oil and gas developments on wildlife and hunting. There are several areas of the state experiencing increased or expanded development of oil and gas. One of the most notable areas of recent oil and gas development for example, may be the Eagle Ford Shale area in south Texas, an area approximately 50 miles north to south and 400 miles from west to east in Texas. This area runs roughly from Web County in the southwest part of the state, and east-northeastward to Brazos County. The portion of the Eagle Ford Shale that is south of San Antonio has historically been very popular for deer, dove and quail hunting. We know that oil and gas development in that area has increased dramatically in the last three years, according to Rail Road Commission data on drilling permits. We are aware of no studies related to impacts on wildlife or hunting in this area, but we can offer the following observations:
–Vehicle traffic and development in the area around Cotulla and Carrizo Springs have increased dramatically, as a direct result of increases in drilling.
–Drilling of wells and development of associated infrastructure such as roads, pipelines, tank batteries, processing facilities and powerlines cause increased fragmentation of habitat.
–Landowners who own the minerals under their land stand to gain increased value and income from oil and gas exploration and royalties. Increased income from oil and gas royalties may or may not affect the way landowners choose to lease their land for hunting.
–Landowners who do NOT own the minerals under their land, who are experiencing oil and gas development, and who wish to continue to lease for hunting, may face new challenges related to oil and gas development, including increased demand and costs for lodging, food and other services required by hunters. Also, those ranches that have been traditionally leased for hunting may now have daily oil and gas truck traffic within their boundaries, creating traffic disturbances that could affect hunting activities.
Please let us know if we may provide additional information or assistance.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department