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Report: Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction

By Susan Christopherson, PhD – Cornell University The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction report outlines some of the key issues explored by a team of researchers centered at Cornell University during the period of New York’s moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for natural gas.  Our research focused on Pennsylvania, where Marcellus HVHF drilling […]

If It’s Unsuitable For Mining, Is Drilling Advisable?

There are a handful of watersheds, predominantly in central Pennsylvania, that the Department of Environmental Protection has deemed to be unsuitable for mining activities. According to pages 100-101 of the Oil and Gas Operator’s Manual, a region may be determined to be unsuitable for mining if the mining operation will: be incompatible with existing State […]

Marcellus Shale Production Decline Over Time in Pennsylvania

There are now three different Marcellus Shale production reports available on FracTracker’s DataTool: Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Production, 7-1-09 to 6-30-10 PA Marcellus Shale Prduction Data: 7-1-2010 through 12-31-2010 PA Marcellus Shale Production Report: January-June 2011 The production data, which is self-reported by the drilling operators, is also available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In […]

Comparing & Contrasting Extractive Industry Sectors in Ghana & the US

By Deanna Bitetti (Common Cause) and Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH (CHEC) In the quiet of the morning the group we have travelled to Ghana with using a grant from the US Department of State to study extractive industries find ourselves swapping stories – wistfully thinking of American life back home. We find ourselves constantly comparing and contrasting […]