How many wells are there currently? How much water used at each well? Where is the water from? How many trucks operate at each well? What chemicals are in the slurry? Where does the polluted toxic slurry go?

There have been roughly 8,000 Marcellus wells drilled in Pennsylvania, though since that number is always growing, we encourage you to consult updated Pa. Department of Environmental Protection records, which include the number of wells drilled in each county and by each operator; the amount of natural gas produced by each well; the number of […]

What happens to the land after fracking is completed in a specific area?

Natural gas producers aim to leave behind a small footprint for each well pad through the restoration process. Restoration involves landscaping and contouring the property as closely as possible to pre-drilling conditions. Property owners generally see a small wellhead on a level concrete pad, a small amount of equipment, two to three water storage tanks […]

Is the industry open to addressing unintended consequences when they occur?

Absolutely, and we do. Our industry takes the protection of our environment and surroundings seriously. After all, the men and women who work to develop the Marcellus Shale are the same men and women who live and raise their families in these communities. Pennsylvania’s extensive regulatory system holds companies liable to remediate any violations; pay […]

Why aren’t land agents held to the same standard as real estate agents?

The natural gas industry is committed to being good neighbors and positively impacting our communities by best practices. The American Association of Professional Landmen offers recognized certifications to land agents based on competency, proficiency and professionalism.

What happens to the water that gets polluted during the fracking process?

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. Approximately 10 to 30 percent of the total water used in the hydraulic fracturing process returns to the surface as what is […]

What are the potential health benefits to the citizens of PA resulting from a decrease in the use of coal to generate electricity in the states to the West of PA?

Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel with real public health and environmental benefits for all Pennsylvanians and the nation. As natural gas continues to be safely produced at record numbers here in Pennsylvania and across the country, air quality has been improving at an impressive rate. The Wall Street Journal reported that according to the […]

Are there long-term plans to address the rehabilitation of exhausted well sites and loss of economy in ‘Gas Towns’, i.e., the collapse of ‘Coal Towns’ & ‘Steel Towns’?

The entire shale development process—from construction of the site, drilling, completions, production and site restoration (rehabilitation) is tightly regulated by the Pennsylvania DEP. Once a well has finished producing, the company must submit a well site restoration plan. One of the MSC’s Recommended Practices is devoted to Site Planning, Development and Restoration. Economic planning is […]

I have yet to be convinced it is safe, since rigs blow up, horribly pollute water, and cause earthquakes. THIS IS SAFE???

Thank you for your question. As you may know, the oil and gas industry is tightly regulated in Pennsylvania by the state’s DEP and follows stringent health and safety protocols to protect workers, the public and the environment. Regarding the protection of water resources, hydraulic fracturing has never contaminated groundwater, as confirmed by U.S. Energy […]

Are they going to maintain the local structure?

Our industry works collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders as well as government and regulatory officials to ensure that the concerns and needs of communities across Pennsylvania are effectively addressed. In fact, in addition to the more than $1.8 billion in Pennsylvania state taxes that the industry has paid since 2006, the natural gas […]

Have issues about the waste?

Though your question is a bit vague, we believe you may referring to water (i.e., flowback and produced) management. As you may know, there has been a remarkable trend toward greater use of recycling technologies to ensure water is reused in future operations. As the overall shale development process has evolved, waste recycling and disposal […]