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Marcellus Shale

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 to help you understand what it is and why the drilling method of hydraulic fracturing is so controversial among environmentalists.

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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.

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Other Web Sites


Other Shale Drilling Locations

  • Utica Shale
    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.
  • 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.