Penn State Marcellus Shale News
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.
December 17, 2012
Brine water that flows back from gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region after hydraulic fracturing is many times more salty than seawater, with high contents of various elements, including radium and barium. The chemistry is consistent with brines formed during the Paleozoic era, a study by an undergraduate student and two professors in Penn State's Department of Geosciences found. The study indicates that the brine flowback elements found in high levels in the late stages of hydraulic fracturing come from the ancient brines rather than from salts dissolved by the water and chemicals used as part of the fracking process. The paper by Lara O. Haluszczak, a Penn State student who has since graduated; professor emeritus Arthur W. Rose; and Lee R. Kump, professor and head of the Department of Geosciences; detailing those findings has been accepted for publication in Applied Geochemistry, the journal of the International Association of Geochemistry, and is available online.
November 6, 2012
Third-year law student Zach Morahan has been awarded one of only 10 scholarships granted nationwide by the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF). "I was very excited to hear about winning an EMLF scholarship," Morahan said. "Being selected as a recipient has helped to affirm my study of oil and gas law, and reinforced my interest in all aspects of the oil and gas sector." The scholarship amount is $3,000. For Morahan, who grew up in northeast Pennsylvania, pursuing a career in energy and natural resources law seemed logical. "As a resident of northeastern Pennsylvania, I witnessed the booming interest in Marcellus Shale develop from its infancy," explained Morahan. "In areas where property formerly sold for $1,500 an acre, gas companies were leasing the same property for $5,000-plus an acre. It created a level of excitement that I never witnessed in our region."
September 20, 2012
The 2012 Marcellus Summit, sponsored by Penn State Extension, will cover the latest trends, issues and concerns surrounding shale-gas development in Pennsylvania, according to organizers.