Marcellus Shale and the Ultrahazarous Activity Analysis

October 14, 2011
Christopher D. Ball
The Legal Intelligencer

Pennsylvania lies over the heart of the Marcellus Shale formation, a rock unit underlying approximately 65-million acres of land from West Virginia to New York. This formation has been estimated to have a resource value of up to 500-trillion cubic-feet equivalents of natural gas, and has spawned a boom of gas-well drilling in the southwest, northcentral and northeastern portions of the commonwealth. Between January and September, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued 2,514 Marcellus Shale drilling permits, and 1,288 wells were reported as having been drilled.

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