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This fact sheet provides strategies for dealing with previously compacted areas on existing well and pipeline sites.

This fact sheet provides insights from a survey of how the Commonwealth’s downtown business communities are responding to the opportunities and challenges arising from the development of Marcellus shale.

Leasing your property to an oil or gas company is an option for producing income from your property. Before signing a lease on your forestland, there are many things to consider to protect your interests.

Pennsylvania’s forests are an important renewable natural resource and include some of the nation’s most commercially valuable hardwood species. However, they are more than just an economic resource.

Understanding who is trying to lease your natural gas rights important. This fact sheet provides brief information about land brokers, lease agreements, and compensation.

This article provides insights from a study on municipal governments in Susquehanna and Washington Counties-two Pennsylvania counties that have been experiencing significant Marcellus shale gas development. The study focused on how gas development is affecting the demand for municipal government services and the tax and other revenues those governments are receiving to help pay for those services.

This fact sheet describes impacts, challenges, and opportunities of Marcellus shale development on Pennsylvania's businesses that have intentionally positioned themselves to benefit from the expected increase in economic activities. It also examines the varied strategies employed by businesses to address future impacts and the types of assistance they are seeking. This work is intended to help these businesses plan carefully for the future, an important step in ensuring the responsible development of the Commonwealth's natural gas resources.

Local business woman

This publication in the Marcellus Education Fact Sheet series uses results from a fall 2010 survey of local businesses in Bradford and Washington Counties to examine how local businesses are being affected by Marcellus shale development. The survey results provide insights into what occurred in two of Pennsylvania's most active Marcellus shale counties during 2010 and what other counties could experience as drilling activity increases.

Local school

This research brief discusses findings from a survey of 940 school district superintendents, high school principals, high school directors of curriculum and instruction, and directors of Career and Technology Centers (CTCs) across the 17 intermediate units located within Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale region.

Municipalities in 12 Pennsylvania counties were surveyed in fall 2010. The survey results provide insights into what's occurring across the Commonwealth's Marcellus shale region during 2010 and what other municipalities could potentially experience as drilling activity expands across the state.

If you are a property owner in northern, southwestern, or central Pennsylvania, there's a chance that you are leasing your property, or considering leasing your property, for natural gas exploration and drilling. This publication is meant to be a financial management tool for property owners, covering the basics of what you need to know, how to manage your income from natural gas leasing, and what to consider when making financial decisions.

Residents of Bradford and Tioga County who leased their property for natural gas drilling were surveyed.

This fact sheet series the results of a household survey sent to 1,000 landowners located within 1,000 feet of active Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania's Bradford and Tioga Counties in fall 2010. The survey results provide insights into what occurred in two of Pennsylvania's most active Marcellus shale counties during 2010 and what other counties could potentially experience as drilling activity increases throughout the state.

A pipeline right-of-way is a strip of land over and around natural gas pipelines where some of the property owner’s legal rights have been granted to a pipeline operator.

Dairy cows

This article uses annual data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) from Pennsylvania dairy farms to examine trends in dairy production and cow numbers in relation to drilling activity.

This publication provides ideas and steps that can provide a foundation for taking actions to assist local citizens and leaders with assessing, monitoring, and planning for potentially positive and negative impacts of natural gas development.

This guide is written for the landowner leasing the oil, gas, and mineral (OGM) rights on the property (lessor), not the producer or lessee (usually a gas company). You as the landowner are potentially liable for income, property, and estate taxes from your land and then atural resources therein, primarily OGM, crops, livestock, and timber.

Figure 1. A separator filters out liquids, solids, and other particulate matter that may be in the gas stream. Photo courtesy of the National Fuel Gas Midstream Corporation

This Marcellus Education Fact Sheet explains compressor stations, which are an integral part of the natural gas pipeline network that moves natural gas from individual producing well sites to end users. Topics discussed include components of a compressor station, permitting and regulatory framework, safety considerations, community and landowner considerations, municipal and zoning considerations, and right of condemnation or eminent domain.

This article is an introduction to Pennsylvania's water resources and the impact of deep well drilling on those resources. Information presented includes the basics of Marcellus shale and its development for natural gas, institutions governing interstate waters in Pennsylvania, and water quality issues related to gas drilling.

Marcellus shale drilling in progress, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland County. Credit: Robert Donnan.

Where does the water used in the Marcellus shale natural gas industry in the Mid-Atlantic region end up? Using publicly available information, we attempt to track and quantify current water use through the stages of the gas well development process.