Does natural gas drilling impact our water?

Natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale is water-intensive, yet there are a host of regulations, safeguards and practices in place to ensure that our region’s water resources are effectively managed and protected. According to Penn State University researchers, Pa. “DEP requires an approved water management plan in connection with the gas well permit to […]

Is hydraulic fracturing safe?

Commonly referred to as “fracking,” hydraulic fracturing is a tightly-regulated well completion technology has been used more than 1.2 million times in the United States over the past 60 years. And here in Pennsylvania, we have some of the strongest regulations in place to ensure that fracturing is done in a way that protects our […]

Is it going to contaminate the water?

There are a few major milestones in the development of a Marcellus Shale natural gas well. The first is site preparation, followed by the drilling of the well, completions process (hydraulic fracturing) and building the gathering infrastructure to get the gas to market. Prior to building the well pad, companies are required to obtain an […]

What chemicals are used in the fracking solution? AND What are you pumping into the ground?

Hydraulic fracturing fluids are made up of more than 99.5 percent water and sand. A small portion of these fluids are made up of common, every day additives, which are highly diluted. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires natural gas producers to disclose the entire universe of these additives on a well-by-well basis. […]