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Welcome to the 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. We serve state agencies, elected and appointed officials, communities, landowners, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders. We are 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. MCOR is internally funded by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment and Penn State Outreach.

News Release - Marcellus by Design - is offering workshops to learn about the issues, people, and places involved as key components to implementing best management practices for landscape planning and resource develpoment. Any large-scale development has long-lasting economic, social, and ecological effects where it occurs. Marcellus Shale gas development has already occurred and will likely continue to be a driving force behind economic development in many Pennsylvania communities.

Workshop participants will be invited to logon to the MarcellusByDesign website to peruse a variety of means landscape architects and planners use to identify and weigh the many considerations and approaches of large scale landscape planning. Through participation citizens will gain information to assist them in making informed decisions about their land, their livelihoods, and their futures.

Marcellus By Design is a Penn State University Department of Landscape Architecture studio initiative supported by a National Science Foundation grant to enhance awareness of the roles that landscape planning and design can play in the context of Marcellus Shale natural gas development in Pennsylvania.

All citizens are welcomed to attend the workshops. If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact Terry Noll, NSF Project Coordinator,, 814-865-6598.

Workshops will occur from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm:

June 21, 2016 - Clearfield County, Room 209, DEF Education Center, PSU DuBois, DuBois, PA



Upcoming Seminars/EVENTS

 July 19, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Natural Gas Updates for the Landowner -This workshop will provide an industry update and will feature discussions on expired and renewing leases, landowner rights regarding pipeline activity in the region, and implications of the Shell ethane cracker. Dave Messersmith and Dan Brockett from Penn State Extension will be the speakers for the program. There is no fee to attend this program, however pre-registration is required by calling 570-320-4429.

Upcoming Webinars

July 21, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Mobile Pipeline 101 -Yves E. Pollard, P.E., BCEE, EVP, Engineering and Development, Compass Natural Gas Partners, LP, will be discussing what compressed natural (CNG) is, mobile/virtual pipeline and its history, CNG compression terminal components and locations, and safety of CNG.

August 25, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Upper Green River Basin Disposal Pit Emission Study -Richard L. Bowers, P.E., BCEE, GSI Environmental will discuss the air quality study of large produced water disposal ponds, part of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division's Upper Green River Basin Ozone Strategy. The goal of the study is to develop a method for accurately characterizing disposal pond air emissions using water samples.

September 15, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Wind and Natural Gas as Energy Partners -Dr. Michael C. Slattery, Professor, Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies, Texas Christian University, will discuss the environmental impacts of wind and natural gas, and how they can compliment each other as energy sources.

Penn State Royalty and Decline Curve Web App

By looking closely at actual natural gas production of 5,492 horizontal shale wells, a cumulative production model was assembled to create royalty estimates and better decision making tools for businesses and individuals.

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