Marcellus Shale is a layer of sedimentary rock stretching from West Virginia to New York that is estimated to contain substantial quantities of natural gas. Improvements in natural gas extraction technology have made it feasible to develop this resource. Marcellus Shale development has met with considerable interest and controversy, from those worried about the environmental impact of drilling and from those hoping for jobs and economic opportunities.
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A quick search for oil shale in Access Science returns a number of encyclopedia articles related the geologic formation and techniques for extracting energy resources from the rock.
This search of EBSCOhost for "Marcellus Shale" lists over 2000 full text articles from general magazines and oil industry journals as well as abstracts and bibliographic information for many more.
The search of Marcellus Shale in Newsbank returns articles from the Gazette (12/96 on) and Daily Mail (1/96 on) on the Marcellus Shale issues in West Virginia.
When researching the Marcellus Shale you are likely to come across many scientific and legal terms. These resources can help you decode the jargon.
The following sites have or point to more information about the Marcellus Shale and extraction of the energy resources it contains.
This is the site of the largest developer of the Marcellus Shale. It discusses numerous issues related to the development of the Marcellus Shale.back to page menu
This industry site provides information from many of the major developers of the Marcellus Shale.back to page menu
This site is primarily concerned with the possible environmental impact of developing the Marcellus Shale. It has many links to groups with similar concerns.back to page menu
History of the Oil and Gas Industry in West Virginia by Eugene Thoenen
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