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Marcellus Shale and Fracking

Drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is making the news almost daily in the Pittsburgh region, which isn't surprising because our region lies right on top of it. Below are websites, articles, and library resources that can help you understand more about Marcellus Shale, drilling, and how this issue affects our region.

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Prud'homme, Alex
Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know
Part I of this book outlines the what, where and how of hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, hydrofracturing or simply "fracking". Part II discusses the pros and cons for and against hydrofracking. Part III focuses on the future of hydrofracking in the political, economic and environmental contexts.

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Hillstrom, Kevin
A title in the Hot Topics series from Lucent Books, Fracking, is geared towards students doing basic research on the fracking debate. The introductory chapters include the history of fracking and how it works. There are chapters on the benefits and drawbacks of fracking as well as the future of fracking.

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Gold, Russell
The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
Gold, an energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal, conducted thousands of interviews with engineers, environmentalists, politicians to tell the story of shale gas as an answer to America's energy needs within the context of its environmental impact.

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Wilber, Tom
Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale
Wilber covers all aspects of the shale gas industry, "fracking", including the political, environmental, economic and technical to give readers an opportunity to learn more about this controversial topic.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic Fracturing; Shale Gas Industry; Marcellus Shale

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Gasland is a documentary film by Pennsylvanian Josh Fox presenting the environmental problems created by natural gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing, which forces the gas out of the rock with water and chemicals, polluting the water supply. Watch a report from PBS Now about the movie.