Masthead Name

Maps and Graphics

Live Marcellus Natural Gas Penn College Explore Shale Did You Know Penn State Marcellus Expertise

News & Announcements

Penn State LiveFor more news visit: Penn State Live - Marcellus Shale


Latest News - Natural Gas: Penn State Cooperative Extension
Penn State Cooperative Extension provides weekly updates on the opportunities and challenges arising from development of the Marcellus Shale.


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.

The Bureau of Technical Utility Services prepared and released the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Outlook Report ( )to summarize the 2014 financial and supply data for the Pennsylvania natural gas distribution companies to present relevant topics of interest with regard to the Pennsylvania natural gas industry.  National trends including utilization, macroeconomic and industry data for the U.S. as a whole are included in this report for context since shale development in Pennsylvania impacts the entire nation. 

USGS Study-

California State Study Finds No Evidence Fracking Hurts Environment-

Pennsylvania DEP 2014 Oil and Gas Report -

2013 National Academy of Engineering Topical Meeting on Shale Gas: Promises and Challenges:

March 2012

  • Webinars to provide an overview on the Shale Impact Fee: Act 13- TPenn State is offering two special evening webinars, one geared for the public (March 15) and one geared fo municipal officials (March 22).
  • Understanding and Preparing for Marcellus Shale Impacts in Your School District- The impacts of the gas industry on school districts are the theme of an upcoming one-day conference being planned at Penn State for school district administrators and educators.
  • February 2012

  • How much natural gas can the Marcellus Shale product? An explanation. The key to comprehending the wide-ranging estimates of the Marcellus shale's natural gas reserves lies in understanding the nuances of the terms applied to oil and gas reserve estimates--namely, proved, unproved, undiscovered and technically recoverable.
  • October 2011

  • Study looks at water quality in private wells near Marcellus drilling- A study of more than 200 drinking water wells near Marcellus Shale natural gas wells in 20 counties did not find statistically significant evidence of contamination from hydraulic fracturing - a process used by gas drillers to release natural gas using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemical additives.
  • Marcellus Shale Research Network to track shale region's water quality- Development of a database that will be able to track potential impacts of Marcellus Shale activity on water quality is the focus of a new $750,000 research collaboration led by Penn State researchers.
  • September 2011

  • MCOR to Lead NSF Science Education Grant on Shale Gas, Energy - A multidisciplinary team of Penn State researchers will pilot science- and energy-based programming to Pennsylvania counties experiencing natural gas exploration and production as part of a $2.5-million grant from the National Science Foundation
  • August 2011

    June 2011

  • Natural Gas Utilization Workshop - June 29-30, 2011; University Park, Pa. A new industry-led initiative to promote in-state utilization of Marcellus Shale natural gas by developing combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems was announced Thursday at the Natural Gas Utilization Workshop at Penn State.
  • White papers, presentations from Natural Gas Utilization Workshop June 29-30, 2011.
  • EPA Identifies Pennsylvania Sites for National Study on Hydraulic Fracturing- June 23, 2011.
  • May 2011

  • Marcellus Shale Multi-Sstate Academic Research Conference - May 10-11, 2011; Altoona, Pa. The conference aims to bring together academic researchers across the Mid-Atlantic region to build multi-institutional academic partnerships focused on Marcellus Shale and to identify a broad applied research agenda that includes natural resources, wildlife, community and economic implications and production technologies. Note: Participants need to be affiliated with a university in order to attend.
  • March 2011

  • State Tax Implications of Marcellus Shale: What the Pennsylvania Data Say in 2010. This new Penn State publication examines state tax collection data, specifically comparing Marcellus and non-Marcellus counties. Recent state tax collection information gathered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue provides some insight into the short run economic and state tax implications of gas development in the Commonwealth. 
  • February 2011

  • MCOR Co-Director to Present at EPA Technical Workshop
  • January 2011

  • Heinz Endowments awards Marcellus Shale research grant to Penn State
  • Marcellus Shale Summit - 12:45 - 4:00 p.m., Jan. 25. Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center. Central Penn Business Journal
  • December 2010

    October 2010

    August 2010

    July 2010

    Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
    Earth-Engineering Sciences Building, University Park, PA 16802 | Telephone: 814.865-1587; FAX: 814.865-3191
    ©2010 The Pennsylvania State University