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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.


New Release: A new study from West Virginia University suggests that the Utica play, which spans West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and New York, is much larger than original estimates.  Its size and potential recoverable resources are comparable to the Marcellus play, the largest shale oil and gas play in the U.S. and the second largest in the world.  Data from the Utica Shale Play Book Study, a two-year geological study shows that the Utica play contains technically recoverable resources of 782 Tcf of gas and 1,960 MMbo. the full report can be viewed at:

Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this year, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. About 31 percent of electric power generation in April came from natural gas, and 30 percent from coal, according to a recently released report from the research company SNL Energy, which used data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Upcoming Webinars

November 19, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Exports - Tom Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), will provide an overview and look at current trends of LNG export.

December 17, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Royalties for Wet Gas Production - Dan Brockett, Extension Educator with the Penn State Extension Shale Education Team will discuss various items involved in wet gas royalties.

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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Maps showing the depth and thickness of the Utica Shale are now on the MCOR maps page. The MCOR produced Marcellus Shale depth and thickness maps have also recently been updated.

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