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Marcellus Shale Gas: New Research Results Surprise Geologists!

Marcellus Shale Gas: New Research Results Surprise Geologists! | Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
The Marcellus Shale could be one of the USA's most promising natural gas resources in the Appalachian Basin.
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Paige Mackey's comment, February 19, 2014 12:33 PM
In the early 2000's geologist were highly skeptical of the usefulness of Marcellus Shale to America. They believed it was not a major source of gas, while the area was vast they thought it wasn't deep.
Paige Mackey's comment, February 19, 2014 12:37 PM
In 2008 Terry Englander and Gary Lash, two geology professors, changed peoples minds. They estimated that the Marcellus Shale may hold over 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
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Geological Society of America - Critical Issue: Hydraulic Fracturing

Geological Society of America - Critical Issue: Hydraulic Fracturing | Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
GSA encourages individual geoscientists to invest their time, effort, talent, and scholarly activity toward public policy and education in order to benefit the science of geology, the perception of the geosciences by the public, as well as their own professional stature.
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Paige Mackey's comment, February 17, 2014 12:33 PM
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process that has been around since the 1940's. It is used for the removal of natural gas and oil from oil rich layers of earth known a shales. A recent boost in technology allowed for lower costs and in turn a huge increase of shale gas usage.
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Explore Shale. Marcellus Shale Development, Geology and Water

Explore Shale. Marcellus Shale Development, Geology and Water | Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
An exploration of natural gas drilling and development in the Marcellus Shale.
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Paige Mackey's comment, February 18, 2014 12:29 PM
In 2012 roughly 6,400 wells were installed throughout Pennsylvania. Another 2500 well sites were approved for install. There are usually two wells grouped together sharing a water source. This takes up roughly five acres of land.
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Job Portal

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Paige Mackey's comment, February 17, 2014 12:41 PM
Shale has created a thriving need for geologists. They will research an areas rock structure and determine if it will be a prosperous area for oil. They will essentially pick drilling sites for their company.
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Marcellus Shale

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Paige Mackey's comment, February 17, 2014 12:49 PM
Marcellus Shale is not only the largest gas rich areas in the U.S., it is the second largest ever found in the entire world. It covers most of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland. In total ranging approximately 95,000 square feet. The massiveness of this area could alone power the U.S for hundreds of years.