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.
Power Source:Energy News. In Context.
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website for energy issues in the news, including Marcellus Shale coverage, resources, comments and more. Formerly Pipeline.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Special Report: Drilling Down Marcellus Shale
Articles, background, interviews etc. on Marcellus Shale in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Shale-Gas Monitoring Report, April 2014
This report from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources outlines what efforts are being made to monitor Marcellus Shale drilling, and reports on their observations of what effects drilling has had thus far. This article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covers the highlights of the report.
Growth in U.S. Hydrocarbon Production From Shale Resources Driven by Drilling Efficiency
This March, 2014 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration examines the productivity of oil and gas wells at various locations throughout the country.
The Job, Career, and Education Center at CLP-Main posts current information about job openings and training opportunities for Marcellus Shale employment. Find more information on their webpage, here.
Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania
Allegheny Front: Energy
The Allegheny Front is a radio program that airs reports on environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania. Their page on Energy contains reports related to fracking and the Marcellus Shale.
Carnegie Mellon University: A Research Guide to the Marcellus and Utica Shales
The purpose of this project by CMU and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs is to catalogue the literature on natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing in order to help policymakers and researchers comprehend the existing research on this topic and identify issues for further study.
FracTracker provides citizens with a common place to learn about & share their Marcellus Shale drilling experiences. FracTracker is managed by CHEC (University of Pittsburgh's Center for Healthy Environments & Communities), hosted by the Foundation for PA Watersheds, built by Rhiza Labs, & funded by the Heinz Endowments.
Go Marcellus Shale
All people, companies & places related to the Marcellus Shale. Check here for local news and online forums.
Marcellus Shale Coalition
The Canonsburg-based Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), formerly known as the Marcellus Shale Committee, is made up of over forty natural gas exploration and production companies with an interest in Marcellus shale development in Pennsylvania. "Fully developed, the Marcellus Shale has the potential to be the second largest natural gas field in the world, behind only the South Pars/Asalouyeh field shared between the nations of Iran and Qatar."
Marcellus on Main Street
This business directory is designed to support responsible Shale Gas Development by connecting the Natural Gas Industry to local vendors, suppliers, and services.
- Marcellus on Main Street
Marcellus Shale Protest
MarcellusProtest.org is an information clearing house about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and activism and related issues whose primary geographic focus is Western Pennsylvania, including a ban on drilling in Pittsburgh.
Since 1998, Penn Future has served as a professional advocacy group for environmental policies in Pennsylvania. Their page on drilling and mining in Pennsylvania explores current practices and provides links to advocacy efforts.
Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR)
The Center is "committed to expanding research capabilities on technical aspects of developing this resource and to providing science-based programming while protecting the Commonwealth's water resources, forests and transportation infrastructure."
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Marcellus Shale
Includes informational documents and links to other sites.
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission
Includes their final report released July 22, 2011.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Short-Term Ambient Air Sampling Report
This November 1, 2010 report also offers a background about shale gas drilling.
- Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission
Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC): Developing the Marcellus Shale
PEC has released a policy report based upon findings and recommendations from the Marcellus Shale Conference.
Pennsylvania Groundwater Association
Composed of companies or persons engaged in drilling or constructing water wells, the Pennsylvania Groundwater Association is concerned with protecting groundwater quality.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: PG coverage of the Marcellus Shale issue 2008-2010
An index to the Post-Gazette's archive of news coverage, editorials and opinion pieces on Marcellus Shale.
Shale Gas and America's Future
"Shale Gas and America's Future" provides a unique look at how local communities in Pennsylvania are balancing the trade offs related to gas drilling for themselves and the nation." This 30-minute feature film produced by the American Clean Skies Foundation in support of hydraulic fracturing and aired on WTAE.
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project
A nonprofit addressing the health effects of natural gas drilling in Southwest Pennsylvania, funded by the Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Claneil Foundation. Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: First-ever shale health office opens
Westmoreland County Planning Department: Drilling Impact Fee
"Users can learn basic terminology associated with the industry, see locations where wells have been drilled through 2011, and learn how much money specific municipalities in the county will earn from the new, Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee." -- Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Other Web Sites
America's Natural Gas Alliance
A lobbying organization representing 30 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale extraction industry.
American Clean Skies Foundation
"Supporting energy independence and a cleaner, low-carbon environment through expanded use of natural gas, renewables and efficiency." A gas advocacy group interested in Marcellus Shale gas extraction.
The Breakthrough Institute: Where the Shale Gas Revolution Came From: Government's Role in the Development of Hydraulic Fracturing in Shale
In this 2012 report, the Breakthrough Institute compiles the "long and impressive history of shale fracturing ("fracking") development in the United States."
FracFocus, the hydraulic fracturing chemical registry website, is a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. You can search for information about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, as well as view a map that shows exactly where wells are located and what chemicals are used in that location.
National Geographic: The Great Shale Gas Rush
This October 2010 Special Report includes information on Pennsylvania.
NPR: The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
"A natural gas boom is under way in the United States, with more than 200,000 wells drilled in just under a decade. But people living on the front door step of the natural gas bonanza have a question: Are these wells creating harmful pollutants? NPR explores why there isn't an answer yet."
ProPublica: Fracking, Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. They have a series on Fracking.
Other Shale Drilling Locations
Barnett Shale Energy Education Council
The Barnett Shale formation is located under the Fort Worth, Texas area. The council is composed of natural gas drilling companies and attempts to address some environmental concerns on their website.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Waste-water injection well caused 12 earthquakes in Ohio, investigation shows
A March 09, 2012 article about a 24-page preliminary report of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' investigation into the cause of a series of 12 earthquakes in Youngstown.
Key Documents About Mid-Atlantic Oil and Gas Extraction
This is an index to reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on drilling in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Oh, oh. There's another shale layer located a few thousand feet below the Marcellus Shale that might have even more natural gas in it. It lies under most of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
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