Shale Gas - Links

Sky Truth - PA Frac finder.


The Pennsylvania Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing, or "Fracking"

Radium Watersheds a Risk

A Video - Residents in Butler County, Pennsylvania share their fracking experience. Film shared courtesy of Nature Abounds' friend Rich Waters, a local photographer and videographer who is documenting how fracking is changing the lives of his neighbors in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Methane Migration

Methane Migration and the Fracking Debate

Abandoned Oil Wells Spouting Significant Levels of Methane

Hundreds of Thousands of Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania May be Leaking Methane

Mary Kang's Research Paper

Derelict Oil Wells May Be Major Methane Emitters

Legal Issues

Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells – More Than Just a Rusty Eyesore

Tenth Circuit Rules That Obligation to Pay Royalty on Fuel Gas Depends on Lease Language

Oil and Gas Law - News and Updates from HoustonHarbaugh Attorneys at Law

New Legislation May Allow Drillers to Revive Expired Oil and Gas Leases

Non-Producing Oil and Gas Lease Deemed Abandoned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court

Source Watch information on fracking and the Halliburton Loophole that allows the gas industry to bypass clean water, clean air and hazardous waste laws

Source Watch information on PA fracking

Some organizations working on Shale Gas Issues

Frac Tracker Resource page

Physicians, Scientists and Engineers (PSE) for Healthy Energy

Marcellus Outreach Butler a western PA grpup

Save Our Streams PA A west central PA group

Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, Luzern County PA (GDAC) A very well organized web site with lots of good information.

Marcellus Protest A western PA based group.

PennFutures They produce a good newsletter

Earth Works A national organization working on a variety of environmental problems.

Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

The following article is an extensive review of the Marcellus Shale formation but it also includes information about leasing, pipelines, and the Utica Shale.
Marcellus Shale - Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Play from Geology.com

Drilling and Fracking Fluids

Since each gas company makes its own combination of fracking fluid (a proprietary "secret" formula), it is difficult to provide an actual list. The following is a generalized list

Fracking Fluid Components

Fracking Fluid Functions

Composition and Properties of Drilling and Completion Fluids (Book)

Drilling Fluid Components

What Chemicals Are Used. Frac Focus

Study Guides from the League of Women Voters

Natural Gas Extraction from Shale – Introduction

Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale: From the Ground to the Customer (pdf) (Part I of Study Guide)

Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale: Environmental Impact (pdf) (Part II of Study Guide)

Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale: Its Economic Impact (pdf) (Part III of Study Guide)

Taxing Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale (pdf) (Part IV of Study Guide)

Regulation and Permitting of Natural Gas Drilling (pdf) (Part V of Study Guide)