Will you do another session which will be electronic?

While we continue to engage with a broad spectrum stakeholders through various outlets – community meetings, forums, events as well as social media – at this point we are still exploring options specific to future online Learn About Shale sessions. That said, we would encourage you – and others – to submit questions at any […]

What is the Halliburton Exemption?

The short answer is that it is a myth. The bipartisan 2005 energy bill does not contain an exemption or “loophole,” as some have called it, for hydraulic fracturing, as the practice was not regulated under federal law by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prior to 2005. In Pennsylvania, natural gas companies are required by […]

How do you look at yourself in the mirror? How is this not the worst crime against the environment ever being committed?

We are proud of the work we are doing to produce a clean-burning energy source that is improving the environment, strengthening American energy security and creating jobs. Responsible shale development is driving the American economy, while reducing emissions. In fact, the Wall Street Journal has reported that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, thanks […]

How many people did you poison today with methane?

The short answer is none. We are committed to making our tightly regulated operations safe. Methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is not toxic or poisonous and is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon. It is flammable, so we certainly work to keep it contained, and we have had great success safely producing natural gas. The President […]

Increase its outreach efforts?

We have had positive feedback across the Commonwealth, specifically the greater Philadelphia region, regarding our various and ongoing educational and outreach efforts focused on safe, tightly-regulated shale gas development and expanded natural gas use. As noted, these efforts ongoing, and we will continue to working with a broad and diverse set of stakeholders to ensure […]

What can be done by the conservation groups to credit industry when they do something positive?

Our industry works very closely with, and welcomes input from, a host of stakeholders, including conservation groups and organizations. As underscored in our Guiding Principles, safety and environmentally responsible efforts to responsibly develop shale is our foremost priority. The MSC has published a Recommended Practice on Site Planning, Development and Restoration focused on ensuring that […]

Will you come into Philadelphia neighborhoods and hold info sessions? Most of my friends/neighbors think fracking is evil and must be fought.

We are always eager to engage and help inform Pennsylvanians on the clear benefits associated with safe, tightly-regulated shale development, and routinely host and sponsor events in the Greater Philadelphia area, as well as across the entire Commonwealth. In the meantime, we’d encourage you – and your neighbors – to join the ongoing conversation online […]

How to deal with more cynical and skeptical population and less trust of business and government?

Our industry recognizes that many Pennsylvanians have real questions about natural gas development and we believe they deserve honest, fact-based, straightforward answers. This is exactly why we launched Learn About Shale. Our goal is to further engage the public on the benefits and safeguards surrounding clean-burning natural gas development and use. The historic opportunity before us […]

Why at the company meetings, events, etc. do the drilling companies say they would like to be transparent, but it is really hard to find accurate data on land leased, production rates, etc.

As an industry, we recognize to succeed in the safe development of natural gas over the near- and long-term, transparency is essential. This commitment is enshrined in our Guiding Principles: “We continuously improve our practices and seek transparency in our operations.” Much of the information that you cite is in fact publically available and/or required […]

Where is the Burkett shale deposit?

While the deep Marcellus Shale deposit sits in the middle of the Devonian Shale layer, the Burkett Shale deposit is closer to the surface in the Upper Devonian shale. Penn State University Extension offers the following description: The final ingredient in the Pennsylvania triple play is the upper Devonian shale. Generally, combinations of several thinner […]