Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

This project examines how Pennsylvania has now become the focal point for discussions about new energy sources. Breakthrough technologies that now allow drilling into previously unavailable natural gas deposits in the Marcellus Shale have intersected with a state in fiscal crisis, as well as a demand for new, domestic, stable, and climate-friendly energy sources. Prior to recent events, government, industry, and environmental advocates alike lent support to the development of these resources, but a series of hasty decisions now has most, if not all, of these groups wondering about the consequences of widespread drilling in the Marcellus Shale and how development of these resources might proceed more sustainably.

What Pennsylvania needs is 

  1. a life-cycle perspective to incorporate all aspects of the drilling process into a single picture, and
  2. an articulation of what risks might result from a variety of viewpoints (environmental groups, government officials, industry officials) and how best to manage them.

Staff: Jody Roberts, Elizabeth McDonnell

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