Drilling for natural gas in the so-called “Marcellus Shale” deposit is creating thousands of jobs and turning farmers into millionaires. But critics say it’s also scarring the land, creating noise and dirt and pitting neighbor against neighbor.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Letter to the Editor “Where Are All the Marcellus Shale Jobs?” that ran April 9 characterizes as “rather fantastical” the proposition that activities pursuant to the development of natural gas from the Marcellus are capable of generating thousands of jobs for Pennsylvanians.
A new company formed at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny-Singer Research Institute believes it’s found an environmentally safe way to treat millions of gallons of wastewater generated by drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.
With the recession ravaging the nation’s economy, Kathryn Klaber has had a close-up seat for a boom of sorts.
Bucknell University’s Institute for Public Policy’s symposium on the Marcellus Shale provided a forum for scientists, industry representatives, economic development specialists and government regulators to get together to discuss the wide ranging impacts natural gas development in the shale region can have on Pennsylvania.
April 5’s editorial (“Arrogance hardly helps drillers’ goals”) echoes several claims that simply aren’t supported by the facts. Here, for your readers, are those facts.
The Marcellus Shale, which according to some geologists is the world’s second-largest natural-gas field, holds the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Pennsylvanians – while reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign energy resources.