Special Report: Producers, regulators address Marcellus shale gas challenges

The Marcellus shale, which extends 575 miles across parts of three eastern US states, is thought to hold as much as 500 tcf of natural gas, about 50 tcf of which is considered recoverable. The area is bringing producers, landowners, and state and local officials to address water use and other questions.The Marcellus shale deep-gas formation also is bringing the oil and gas industry into parts of Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia for the first time. Producers have responded with aggressive outreach efforts.“We have been meeting with individual groups about the Marcellus play for some time,” said Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil & Gas Associati...

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