Where are drilling sites in Potter Co., PA?

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provides information on its website to assist the public in identifying well locations in each municipality. This year — as of Oct. 5, 2012 — 21 Marcellus Shale wells have been permitted and only one well has been drilled in Potter County (DEP 2012 overview, pg. 5). To […]

Recognizing that the multiplier effect from the manufacturing industry and lower cost of energy is significant, what segments of manufacturing are best suited to benefit?

Manufacturing is without question an energy-intensive industry. And as more natural gas is safely produced and brought to market, manufacturers – along with consumers – are seeing enormous benefits. Ross Eisenberg, vice president of energy and resources policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, recently told The Oklahoman that energy independence could also make the […]

Is it something for cars?

Absolutely. Natural gas is being used, more and more, to power our nation’s growing transportation needs in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are currently 519 commercial CNG fueling stations across the country; an interactive map is available here. On a […]

Where is it?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conversation and Natural Resources, “The Marcellus Shale is prevalent throughout much of the Appalachian basin and most of Pennsylvania, although its depth and thickness are variable.” And Penn State University researchers have this map of the formation, including the Marcellus Shale’s thickness across the region.

Is the industry documenting the reduction in the number of surface acres disturbed as a result of using directional versus conventional vertical wells?

While the Marcellus Shale Coalition does not track those specific figures – primarily because our organization represents operators drilling horizontal, not vertical, wells – the fact is that horizontal drilling, which is almost universally used to produce natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, dramatically reduces surface disturbance while increasing the volume of natural gas extracted. […]

Is the industry willing to listen to landowner requests when locating a pad or ROW?

Absolutely. Lease agreements, or contracts, between natural gas operators and/or pipeline companies and individual land- or mineral-owners can be uniquely tailored to address a broad range of requests. For example, a landowner can choose not to have related infrastructure on their property, which can be written into a lease. Similar to leasing one’s land or […]

What is the make-up of the Coalition?

The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is an industry trade association with more than 300 members whose mission it is to work with all stakeholders on issues regarding the production of clean, job-creating, American natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Our board members are companies that have capital at stake in the development […]

How much water is recycled?

According to the most recent data gathered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Marcellus Shale natural gas producers are recycling and reusing, in some cases, more than 90 percent of flowback water. The remaining water is disposed of in EPA-approved and permitted underground injection wells.

How safe is fracking?

The first step in the completion or hydraulic fracturing process involves perforating the well casing in the horizontal portion of the well. By setting a small charge, which perforates the casing and cement, we create the necessary opening in the casing to allow the hydraulic fracturing portion of the completions process to begin. The fracturing […]