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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 on the following dates and locations:

June 7, 2016 - Lycoming County, Room 164 Bush Campus Center, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA 

June 9, 2016 - Lancaster County, Multipurpose Room, Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 

June 16, 2016 - Indiana County, 1st floor conference room, 827 Water Street, Indiana, PA  

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



Upcoming Seminars/EVENTS

 May 25, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
A Landowner's Guide to Natural Gas Pipelines The Covocation Center at California University of PA This free face-to-face program will focus on landowner's specific considerations such as negotiating pipeline easements, understanding right-of-way agreements, and what is allowed and not allowed within restored easements - Dave Messersmith from Penn State Extension will be the speaker for the program.

Upcoming Webinars

June 7, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Three Topics Related to Fracking- Dr. Charles Mason, Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics, University of Wyoming, will be presenting.

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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