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Oil Gas Leases 12/10

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Shale Production 12/10

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Surface Owners Rights 11/11

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Marcellus Shale is a layer of sedimentary rock stretching from West Virginia to New York that is estimated to contain substantial quantities of natural gas. Improvements in natural gas extraction technology have made it feasible to develop this resource. Marcellus Shale development has met with considerable interest and controversy, from those worried about the environmental impact of drilling and from those hoping for jobs and economic opportunities.

Background from KCPL Premium Resources

KCPL provides a variety of services that give you access to authoritative resources that are often unavailable on the web without paying a subscription fee. These are made available free of charge to our patrons with their library card number and PIN. If you are viewing this page from one of our branch locations you do not need a library card.

A quick search for oil shale in Access Science returns a number of encyclopedia articles related the geologic formation and techniques for extracting energy resources from the rock.

This search of EBSCOhost for "Marcellus Shale" lists over 2000 full text articles from general magazines and oil industry journals as well as abstracts and bibliographic information for many more.

The search of Marcellus Shale in Newsbank returns articles from the Gazette (12/96 on) and Daily Mail (1/96 on) on the Marcellus Shale issues in West Virginia.

Common shale oil terms defined

When researching the Marcellus Shale you are likely to come across many scientific and legal terms. These resources can help you decode the jargon.

Background from government and university sites

The following sites have or point to more information about the Marcellus Shale and extraction of the energy resources it contains.

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Groups Interested in the Marcellus Shale Issue

Chesapeake Energy Marcellus Shale Site

This is the site of the largest developer of the Marcellus Shale. It discusses numerous issues related to the development of the Marcellus Shale.

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Marcellus Shale Coalition

This industry site provides information from many of the major developers of the Marcellus Shale.

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West Virginia Sierra Club

This site is primarily concerned with the possible environmental impact of developing the Marcellus Shale. It has many links to groups with similar concerns.

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West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization

This site addresses the concerns that landowners might have with Marcellus Shale, such as mineral rights, compensation, and environmental damage.

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