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Some of these documents represent the industry position and are provided for general information only.

Guides for Citizens and Neighborhoods

Recommended - 3-part video: Marcellus Shale Gas Play, Information for an Informed Citizenry presented by Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell at Vestal, NY Public Library, March 31, 2010. Dr. Ingraffea is an expert in rock fracture mechanics, describes the entire process, and cautions against immediate and intense shale gas development. Total time to view is an hour. Must see!

Who’s That Drilling in My Neighborhood?! (part 1) - Preface
Who’s That Drilling in My Neighborhood?! - A Guide to Public Information (part 2) - Overview of the process plus online resources.
Who’s That Drilling in My Neighborhood?! - A Guide to Public Information (part 3) - Find out who’s drilling near you — and their violations.

Citizen’s Guide to Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania - Summary of the issues with agency web links prepared by the National Sea Grant Law Center and Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

How to File Complaints or Emergencies: The Permitting Process, Filing a Complaint, and Tracking Permits and How to File a Complaint or Emergency

PA DEP: Marcellus Oil & Gas

PA DEP Bureau of Oil and Gas, Marcellus including well permits, production statistics, fact sheets, incident reports. Reports include a 1991 NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) Survey.

PA DEP: Marcellus Reporting Where the wells are, how much they produce, etc.

How to find Compressor Station permit applications in Pennsylvania


Frac Accidents Map, prepared by EarthJustice:

View Fraccidents Map in a larger map

Health & Safety

How the Texas Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety prepared by Texas OGAP (.pdf)


A Guide to Private Water Systems in Pennsylvania, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. See page 32 for gas wells’ potential effects on water wells.

Groundwater Protection and Marcellus Shale, by Bryan Swistock. Water quantity and quality issues posed by Marcellus hydraulic fracturing.

Water management plan for southwestern Pennsylvania. From PA DEP, March 2010. Source and amount of water each gas company can take for drilling through 2014.

A guide to understanding your well water test results from Wilkes University

Air Pollution

Air Impacts Associated With Natural Gas Drilling and Cost-Effective Solutions for Allegheny County, by Joe Osborne, GASP. Includes air pollution controls recommended by EPA that save the industry lost revenue.

Minimizing the Air Impacts of Marcellus Shale Activity in Allegheny County, by Joe Osborne, GASP. Lists pollutants and sources. The Marcellus Shale play is perfectly situated to worsen existing ozone and fine particulate nonattainment in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S.

Barnett Shale air pollution case studies including a video showing emissions at drilling, compressor and condensate tank sites.

News Media Brief: Federal Environmental Exemptions for the Oil and Gas Industry, November 2010.

News Media Brief: Asking Tough Questions of the Oil and Gas Industry. How many jobs… really?

Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment by the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center. They state “…the energy companies and contractors that perform this type of drilling are mostly national or international in size, and subsequently utilize contractors and personnel from around the country and from other parts of the world to perform this work.”

Lobbying and Politics
News Media Brief: The Bridge Fuel Fallacy Is natural gas really a “bridge fuel” to a renewable future?

Common Cause report on lobbying activities of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania.


How Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Will DEPRESS Your Property Values by Steve Coffman, Dundee, NY. NYRAD.


Video: Marcellus shale dangers a presentation by Ron Bishop / Professor, SUNY Oneonta. (Presentation starts about 1 minute into video.)

Update on the Regional Assessment of Gas Potential in the Devonian Marcellus and Ordovician Utica Shales in New York, a 2007 study of New York shale plays showing the industry perspective of why they choose to drill where.

Department of Energy Hydraulic Fracturing White Paper, a very technical examination of hydraulic fracking from an industry perspective.

Summary of the water impacts of gas drilling in Colorado. (This is a download.)

Oil and Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania, The Legal Aspects, a presentation by Salzmann Hughes, P.C. giving a basic overview of the oil and gas act and preemption issues.

Fractured: The Road to the New EPA “Fracking” Study, the legal history and environmental incidents that led the EPA to begin a new study of frac’ing in the year 2010. On the Marten Law website.

Home Rule Charter of Allegheny County and an Outline of Second Class County Charter Law.

Local Land Use Regulation of Extractive Industries: Evolving Judicial and Regulatory Approaches, an early law article on the subject (pre-Marcellus).

Frackaction.org resources: