Penn State Marcellus Shale News
September 18, 2014
Drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region led to a rapid increase in both the number of hotels and hotel industry jobs, but Penn State researchers report that the faltering occupancy rate may signal that there are now too many hotel rooms.
September 16, 2014
"Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," will be on view at the Palmer Museum of Art from Sept. 23 through Dec. 14. This exhibition features photographic images that tell the personal stories of Pennsylvanians affected by the Marcellus Shale gas industry.
September 10, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking or hydrofracturing -- raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.
May 21, 2014
Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
February 21, 2014
Marcellus Shale water quality monitoring is getting some help from a group of State College Area High School students who climbed through snow and waded into icy waters recently to take measurements and collect stream samples.
February 12, 2014
Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants -- particles used to open rock fractures -- for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz.
August 21, 2013
Water use by the Marcellus Shale gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be the subject of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
July 22, 2013
Pennsylvania, a.k.a. Penn's Woods, is roughly 60 percent forest, with the largest unbroken block of trees spanning the state's north central region. "This region is one of Pennsylvania's greatest resources," says Penn State graduate student Lillie Langlois. Within the past six years, however, the rapid expansion of Marcellus Shale drilling has been breaking up the block. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, as of 2012, there were more than 8,000 well permits issued and 6,000 wells drilled across the state. The resulting infrastructure impacts wildlife.
July 11, 2013
Marcellus Shale and other natural gas plays are considered valuable for what can be extracted from them, but what if they could also be valuable and environmentally helpful after they are been depleted?
July 10, 2013
An open forum on natural-gas development from deep shale formations will be presented in a Web-based seminar by Penn State Extension.
May 31, 2013
Two new, youth-oriented online presentations from Penn State Extension explore the role of water in shale-gas drilling and production in the mid-Atlantic region. These self-running presentations were designed for use by educators in both formal and informal educational settings.
April 19, 2013
William Fustos, the former chief operating officer at East Resources, will be giving a lecture on "The Marcellus Shale: Economic Boom for Pennsylvania, Energy Security for the U.S.," as Penn State's 2013 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecturer in Mineral Engineering. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, with a reception in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Gallery on the ground floor of Deike Building. The lecture begins promptly at 4 p.m., in Room 22 Deike Building.
February 7, 2013
The best conservation practices for shale-gas extraction will be the focus of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21.
February 6, 2013
Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research is hosting a panel discussion, "Marcellus and the Media," from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 20, in Room 117 of the Earth-Engineering Science Building. The discussion is open to the public.
January 11, 2013
A Web-based seminar focusing on the role of shale-gas development in chemical manufacturing will be presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Jan. 17. The one-hour webinar, "America's New Industrial Revolution: A Renaissance for U.S. Chemical Manufacturing," will feature Dan Borne, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association.