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Leading Articles and Studies Regarding the Marcellus and Shale Gas
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
"Fracking-The Great Shale Gas Rush" by Business Week dated March 2011 Click Here for "Fracking-The Great Shale Gas Rush" article A relatively short but interesting commentary on the shale gas rush.
"Great Shale Gas Rush" Special Report by National Geographic dated October 2010 Click Here for "Great Shale Gas Rush" Special Report Incredible collection of articles and demonstrations found at National Geographic web site.  Maybe the best way to get started.
“Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment” by Southwestern Pa Oil & Gas Industry Partnership dated Summer 2010

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The Pa Department of Labor and Industry funded a study to determine the projected jobs required by the Marcellus boom in the five county area around Allegheny County.  Study concludes that by 2014 the Marcellus will generate over 10,000 jobs in the five county area
"The Future of Natural Gas" by Massachusetts institute of Technology dated 2010 Click Here MIT examines the role of natural gas as a fuel for the future and concludes that natural gas use will dramatically increase, especially for production of electricity
“An Emerging Giant” July 2009 by Dr. Tim Considine of Penn State Click Here for “An Emerging Giant” report First comprehensive study of the potential impact of the Marcellus, predicting production in Pa. by 2020 of 4 Billion Cu Ft per Day, generating 175,000 jobs and $13.5 Billion in value added; find at the Community Bank Royalty Services web site
“The Economic Impact of the Marcellus” by Professor Tim Considine of Penn State dated July 2010 Click Here for “The Economic Impact of the Marcellus” report Dr. Considine issued this report to the American Petroleum Institute.  He concludes that by 2020, over the states of Pa, NY, and W Va., the industry will drill 3,200 wells, producing $9,500,000,000 in natural gas, employing 184,000 people, and generating over $16,000,000,000 in value.  In Pa., in 2009, he estimates that the economic impact is over $7,000,000,000
“Shale Gas Will Rock the World” by The Wall Street Journal dated May 2010 Click Here for “Shale Gas Will Rock the World” report Article remarks that there are a quadrillion cu ft of recoverable gas in North America, enough to power our nation for 45 years
"Exxon Predicts Gas Use Will Surpass Coal’s" by The Wall Street Journal dated January 2011 Click Here for "Exxon Predicts Gas Use Will Surpass Coal’s" report Wall Street Journal article January 27, 2011
"This Rock Could Power the World" by Time Magazine dated April 2011 Click Here for "This Rock Could Power the World" report Article describes the growing revolution in unconventional gas plays world wide.


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National Industry Organizations and Government Web Sites
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
American Gas Association The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents 199 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 70 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 91 percent — more than 64 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs. This is a big energy industry trade association with the companion web site.
Amerrica's Natural Gas Alliance America's Natural Gas Alliance exists to promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of greater use of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas.  It represents 30 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale plays now transforming the clean energy landscape.  As the nation make decisions about our clean energy future, ANGA seeks to inform and engage all stakeholders about the opportunities presented by greater use of this clean energy resource-improving air quality, adding jobs to our economy and enhancing our energy security.  Through ANGA, the natural gas community is standing together to promote the benefits of natural gas to a wide range of audiences, including electric power utilities, non-governmental organizations, federal and state policymakers and regulators, as well as the consumers and communities who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this new age of natural gas abundance.

American Petroleum Institute

& API's Energy Tomorrow

This is the web site for the national trade association for the natural gas industry.  It boasts 400 + corporate members and is an advocacy group
Department of Energy The mission of the Department of Energy is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. This is a big diverse web site that considers energy policy on a global scale.
Environmental Protection Agency Federal government site.
Institute for Energy Research The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society. Founded in 1989 from a predecessor organization, IER is a public foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is funded entirely by tax deductible contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. No financial support is sought for or accepted from government sources.  This web site comments on a variety of topics concerning gas and all other types of energy.
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) is the North American association representing interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline companies.  INGAA speaks for the companies that own and operate those lines.  This site includes information on INGAA activities as well as the natural gas pipeline industry.
Natural Gas Supply Association Established in 1965, NGSA encourages the use of natural gas within a balanced national energy policy, and promotes the benefits of competitive markets to ensure reliable and efficient transportation and delivery of natural gas and to increase the supply of natural gas to U.S. customers. NGSA’s members produce approximately one-third of the U.S. natural gas supply.
Natural Gas Vehicle Association NGVA is a national trade association dedicated to the development of a growing and sustainable American market for vehicles powered by natural gas or hydrogen.
US Energy Information Administration

Click Here - Shale Page

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.


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Local Industry Organizations and Government Web Sites
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
Allegheny Conference on Community Development The most prominent of the Pittsburgh based, business oriented think tanks and promotion groups. Contains the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburg Regional Alliance, and the Pennsylvania Economy League. At the center of every important economic issue affecting southwestern Pennsylvania and the Marcellus. Top shelf people.
Community Bank Local independent commercial bank in the heart of the Marcellus that maintains a web page devoted to local business news and the Marcellus. Heavily involved in local economic development efforts. Community Bank’s “Business Alliance” web page contains a blog on local economic activity, especially the Marcellus, and a calendar of business oriented events, again emphasizing the Marcellus. Also contains a web page for “Community Bank Royalty Services”, which is devoted to Marcellus landowners.
Energy Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania The Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh is a joint initiative of Innovation Works and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to create a strategic partnership of traditional and alternative energy companies, global leaders in material science and intelligent building technologies, academic, corporate and government researchers, and supply-chain providers
Fayette Chamber of Commerce A very active chamber serving Fayette County, scene of much coal and gas activity.  Involved in the TriCounty Oil & Gas Expo
Fay-Penn Fay-Penn is Fayette County’s private economic development council. They help businesses locate in Fayette County and promote economic development. Best place to learn about the Marcellus in Fayette County.
Independent  PetroleumAssociation of America (IPAA) IPAA is a national trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. It serves as an informed voice for the exploration and production segment of the industry, and advocates its members' views before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. IPAA provides economic and statistical information about the domestic exploration and production industry. IPAA also develops investment symposia and other opportunities for its members.
Marcellus Shale Coalition A newer Pittsburgh based organization of larger companies involved in the Marcellus. Largely an advocacy group.
Marcellus ShaleNET Marcellus ShaleNET is a coalition between Westmoreland County Community College (lead agency) and Pennsylvania College of Technology, West Virginia Northern Community College, Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio, and Broome Community College in New York.  Its mission is to design a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for occupations in the natural gas drilling industry. With WCCC serving as the western hub and Penn College serving as the eastern hub, ShaleNET brings Workforce Investment Boards, their One Stops, industry, and training providers together to build a Marcellus-wide industry-recognized uniform training and certification program. This effort is funded by a three-year, $4.9 million grant from the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Marcellus Education & Training Center Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center (MSETC) is a collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State Cooperative extension to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil-and-gas industry. It features a variety of educational courses for jobs in the gas extraction industry.
National Organization of Royalty Owners The National Association of Royalty Owners remains the only national organization promoting the rights, responsibilities and the definitions of citizens who own the natural resources in our country.
Nemacolin Energy Institute The Nemacolin Energy Institute focus is to facilitate an understanding of the facts about alternative energy sources including the critical role natural gas from Marcellus Shale can play in moving America to energy independence.  Nemacolin Woodlands in Fayette County is the venue for several Marcellus related events.
PA Department of Environmental Protection The DEP has lots of good information including maps of permits and drilling sites.
PA DEP: Bureau of Oil and Gas Management Click Here for PA DEP: Bureau of Oil and Gas Management report The DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management webpage outlining resources and information about local/regional chapters. This is geared towards Pennsylvania residents and directly tied into the activity in the Marcellus Shale.
PA DEP: Marcellus Shale Click Here for PA DEP: Marcellus Shale report DEP’s Marcellus Shale webpage bringing together citizens’ frequently asked questions and Pennsylvania commentary on the Marcellus Shale activity.
PA DCNR: Marcellus Shale Research Click Here for PA DCNR: Marcellus Shale Research report A geologically focused site with resources for maps, rock information, organizations, and more. There is a section for frequently asked questions and also maps illustrating drilling activity in Pennsylvania.
Pa Independent Oil & Gas Association This is the Pa. trade association for the gas industry.  A great source of information on what is happening in the energy field.
Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is committed to environmentally sound land use practices and conservation of our natural resources and believes that private stewardship of land promotes a healthy environment.
Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research The Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) is Penn State's education and research initiative on unconventional gas plays. It serves state agencies, elected and appointed officials, communities, landowners, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders. It is committed to expanding research capabilities on technical aspects of developing this resource and to providing science-based programming while protecting the Commonwealth's water resources, forests and transportation infrastructure.  Lots of webinars and instruction on the Marcellus.
Pittsburgh Geological Society The official Pittsburgh Geological Society Website.  PGS is a non-profit organization set up to promote, and to disseminate information about, the geological sciences in western Pennsylvania
Southpointe CEO Associaton Networking and Best Practices Group headquartered in and devoted to Southpointe, a huge mixed use park in Washington County that has turned into the epicenter of companies coming into the Marcellus. Attractive to companies trying to network with the gas industry.
TriCounty Oil & Gas Expo Grassroots network of community volunteers dedicated to education and networking about the Marcellus. Has held several “Gas Expo” trade shows in Greene and Washington Counties to introduce the local business community and the gas industry. Has held job fairs and “summits” regarding landowner education and workforce development. Thousands of people have attended these Gas Expos. More Gas Expos planned, including Fayette County.
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Pitt has become heavily involved in the Marcellus, especially through their “PantherlabWorks” Institute. PantherlabWorks mission is to diligently pursue sustainability initiatives, emerging technological advances and Marcellus Shale synergistic opportunities for the benefit of entrepreneurs, small business, and economic growth for the region.
Washington County Chamber of Commerce Big prominent chamber for Washington County, Pa., the heart of the Marcellus; Over 1,000 members, many of them involved in the Marcellus. The best way to quickly get plugged into the Marcellus. This chamber is the administrative arm of the Washington County Energy Partners
Washington County Energy Partners This is a new consortium of two dozen economic development agencies, elected officials, and businesses interested in promoting economic development Branded Washington County as the “Energy Capital of the East”. Pursues various marketing initiatives designed to attract the energy industry to Washington County.


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Informational Web Sites/Newsletters Regarding the Marcellus
Title Web Site Remarks / Highlights
FracTracker Busy web site with blogs and a Marcellus event calendar. Environmental emphasis. Loads of information about the industry and its infrastructure. International in scope but seems to have highlighted the Marcellus.
Go Marcellus Web site devoted to landowners
Marcellus Drilling News Marcellus Drilling News is an online resource and news service specifically for landowners who live in the Marcellus Shale region of the eastern United States. This news service strives to provide landowners with timely information they can use to become informed, make decisions, and monitor developments throughout the Marcellus Shale region.
Marcellus Shale Formation Information Site Interesting collection of information about the Marcellus including many maps and a bookstore containing books about oil and gas drilling and development
Marcellus Institute Membership newsletter that compiles all press coverage each week on the Marcellus and emails it to you. Very informative A homegrown web site with much information about the Marcellus. This Marcellus Shale gas drilling website is dedicated to providing photos, facts, opinions, stories and news about the Marcellus Shale gas play that you won't see other places. You'll find extensive photos of gas drilling sites, pipeline construction, well sites and compressor stations. News, facts and opinions about hydraulic fracturing.
Natural Gas Forum For Landowners This is an interactive site designed especially to educate landowners
NGI’s Shale Daily Natural Gas Intelligence now has a web site devoted to shale. It contains plenty of links and gas prices and rig counts. Good stuff.
Natural Gas Industry Today EIN is a big respected news service with publications on numerous energy topics. is presented as an educational website covering a variety of topics related to the natural gas industry. The purpose of this website is to provide visitors with a comprehensive information source for topics related to natural gas, and present an unbiased learning tool for students, teachers, industry, media, and government. Site contains good explanation of all aspects of the natural gas industry. Wide ranging web site about shale plays with a section devoted to the Marcellus; blogs and commentary
OpenEnergyInfo OpenEI hopes to become the world’s first open-data source for energy information--specifically analyses on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The platform is a Wiki, similar to Wikipedia’s Wiki, which many users are already familiar with. Users can view, edit, and add data, – and download data for free.
PIOGA News Clips Weekly email to registrants As a member service, each Friday PIOGA provides a roundup of articles of significance to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry that have appeared in newspapers within the region during the past week
Pittsburgh Post Gazette The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a web site devoted to Marcellus news. The new site pulls recent stories they’ve run in the newspaper, along with some neat interactive features, like a map showing where drilling permits have been issued in the greater Pittsburgh area by county and local municipality.
Power of Pittsburgh A website which houses a database of energy-related job openings and connections to regional training programs as well as an energy related news links for coal, natural gas, nuclear, green, and more.
Shaleblog Another hugely busy web site loaded with information. Has section on the Marcellus and the Utica
The Marcellus Shale This site is dedicated to informing the public about news, events, updates, and other matters regarding the Marcellus Shale, specifically the portion of the shale located in Western Pennsylvania.
Today's Energy Solutions This is a site that contains global energy news and issues while also addressing news pertinent to Southwest Pennsylvania, Marcellus, and shale gas.
wikimarcellus Online encyclopedia describing the Marcellus
Your Oil & Gas News This is a news publication for all types of industries and they have a site devoted to oil and gas. All types of information about the industry world wide.


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