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Marcellus Shale drilling in Western, PA

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. But what is it!? Doesn’t it seem like the news is great at “breaking” a story, but really bad at explaining what it’s all about? Well, that’s what your friends at the library are for!

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA):

Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks that can be rich sources of petroleum and natural gas. Over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has allowed access to large volumes of shale gas that were previously uneconomical to produce. The production of natural gas from shale formations has rejuvenated the natural gas industry in the United States.

Still confused? Well, The Carnegie Science Center is going to help you out. They’re offering a Marcellus Shale Geology Talk next Thursday the 24th from 7-9pm. It says the talk is geared toward adults, but come on! You’re smart, curious, and a member of society, so check it out! : )

Want to learn more about the Marcellus Shale and the act of hydraulic fracturing (fracking)?

Marcellus Shale info from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Shale info from U.S. Energy Information Administration
Gasland – an Oscar nominated documentary about the possible perils of “fracking” and the gas industry gone wild.

Any questions? Please leave a comment and let us know!

Corey
CLP, Main

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