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Marcellus Shale Electronic Field Guide

Posted: April 1, 2012

Penn State introduces a new online field guide that strives to help landowners, land managers, and gas companies understand terrestrial challenges facing shale gas development
courtesy of Craig McKibben

courtesy of Craig McKibben

The development of Marcellus Shale natural gas resources presents Pennsylvania’s landscapes and citizens with many opportunities and challenges.  The Marcellus Shale Electronic Field guide is a new tool to help in forging ahead with the best possible options for Pennsylvania's future. 

The guide provides information on ecological concepts, pre-development issues, invasive plant management, restoration and goals, revegetation, restoring and creating wildlife habitat, sample leases looking at natural resource considerations, and best management practices.  There is also an area for people to subscribe to a forum on various issues.  A picture gallery is provided to demonstrate what different elements of drilling infrastructure and landscape change look like, and users may upload their own photos as well.

The guide does not take sides on the issue of Marcellus exploration and encompasses advice for all parties involved.  Only by working together will we ensure that Pennsylvania’s future is strong and its wildlands and wildlife are protected as best as possible.

This website is the work of Penn State Cooperative Extension, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Center of Environmental Informatics, with financial support of the Heinz Foundation.