Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marcellus Shale And My Business - Main Page

The Clarion University Small Business Development Center provides small business consulting and training to new and existing businesses in the following region: Armstrong County, Cameron County, Clarion County, Clearfield County, Elk County, Forest County, McKean County, Potter County and Venango County. The heart of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation is located in this region and growth in employment, new small business start-ups, and existing business expansion has been the result. This blog post is a one-stop Marcellus Industry web resource that provides entrepreneurs with: assisting organizations contacts, general industry information, drilling and rig activity, environmental considerations, future natural gas markets, landowner legal issues, and workforce development and training.

Main Table of Contents
Local Assistance
State Assistance
Federal Assistance
General Information
Drilling Rig Activity

Environmental Considerations
Best Industry Practices
Natural Gas Markets
Leasing Royalties Legal
Workforce Development Training
Jobs Employment Careers

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2011-02-14
Revised: 2011-05-31

Organizations with Marcellus Shale Information and/or Assistance

Clarion University Small Business Development Center
330 North Point Drive Suite 100
Clarion PA 16214-3873
Phone: (814) 393-2060
Toll Free: 1 (877) 292-1843
Fax: (814) 393-2636
Blog: Clarion SBDC Knowledgebase Blog
Facebook: Join Our Facebook
Directions: Gregory Barnes Center for Biotechnology Business Development
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm | Monday through Friday

Assistance: The Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses. The Clarion University SBDC has assisted over 70 preventure and existing business clients that are directly or indirectly involved in the marcellus shale gas industry.

Publications: Marcellus Shale And My Business: Clarion University SBDC, March 2011
Marcellus Shale Gas Industry Facts: Clarion University SBDC, May 2010

Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry
21 North 6th Avenue
Clarion PA 16214
Phone: (814) 226-9161
Fax: (814) 226-4903

Assistance: The Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry assists new and existing Clarion County businesses with locating their business and other general business issues. Marcellus Page

Marcellus Shale Coalition
4000 Town Center Boulevard Suite 310
Canonsburg PA 15317
Phone: (724) 745-0100
Fax: (724) 745-0600

Assistance: This website provides general information about the Marcellus Shale industry including the production process, leasing information, exploration testing, and the drilling process. It also details their concern with communities, protecting the environment and the restoration of drilling sites. In addition, the site contains a library and a newsroom with the latest information in the industry and has a link to explore job opportunities within the industry. Marcellus Shale Coalition Members, Marcellus Shale Library

Natural Gas Forum For Landowners
236 Equinunk Creek Road
Lakewood PA 18439
Phone: (570) 798.0122

Assistance: The Natural Gas Forum For Landowners' mission is to provide landowners with the information they need to make wise decisions about negotiating natural gas, oil and mineral leases. Article Archives

Penn State Cooperative Extention
College of Agricultural Sciences
201 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-2541

Assistance: Penn State Extension offers practical how-to education and problem-solving assistance based on university research. We strive to help people make informed decisions to better their lives, businesses, and communities. Natural Gas and Marcellus Shale, Find Your Extention Office

Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR)
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI)
320 Earth-Engineering Sciences (EES) Building
University Park PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-1587
Fax: (814) 865-3191

Assistance: 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. Article Archives

Publications: Environmental Aspects of Marcellus Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania: Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Dave Yoxtheimer PG, January 18, 2011

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey
3240 Schoolhouse Road
Middletown PA 17057
Phone: (717) 702-2017
Fax: (717) 702-2065

Assistance: To serve the citizens of Pennsylvania by collecting, preserving, and disseminating impartial information on the Commonwealth's geology, geologic resources, and topography in order to contribute to the understanding, wise use, and conservation of its land and included resources. Marcellus Page

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Oil & Gas Management
Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8765
Harrisburg PA 17105-8765
Phone: (717) 772-2199
Fax: (717) 772-2291

Assistance: This website contains fact sheets about Marcellus Shale, information about permits needed for drilling wells by county, and a well drilling fee calculator. In addition, you can find an Oil and Gas Operator’s Manual at this site. Marcellus Page

Publications: Marcellus Shale Gas General Information, Craig Lobins, Regional Manager, Oil & Gas Program, January 2011

Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania
11 Stanwix Street, 17th Floor
Pittsburgh PA 15222-1312
Phone: (412) 281-1890
Fax: (412) 281-1896

Assistance: This website contains archived materials regarding Marcellus Shale, such as the report on the Economic Impact of the Oil and Gas Industry in Pennsylvania. Archived Materials

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA)
115 VIP Drive Suite 210
Northridge Office Plaza II
Wexford PA 15090-7906
Phone: (724) 933-7306
Fax: (724) 933-7310

Assistance: PIOGA will be recognized as the leading Appalachian oil and gas trade association, promoting an environment favorable to the growth of the industry and developing Pennsylvania as an attractive state for oil and gas investment.

Publications: Producing Energy, Jobs and Opportunity For PA, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Lou D’Amico, President & Executive Director, Januray 2011

Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association, Inc. (PLA)
PO Box 391
Waterford PA 16441
Phone: (814) 796-4023
Fax: (814) 796-1434

Assistance: The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is committed to protecting property rights and land use while encouraging responsible environmental stewardship.

Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center
Bill Hall, Director
Phone: (814) 863-4881

American Gas Association (AGA)
400 North Capitol Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: (202) 824-7000

Assistance: AGA advocates on behalf of its members in both federal and state regulatory arenas.

AGA Search: Marcellus

America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)
1201 New York Avenue NW Suite 1110
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 789.2642

Assistance: America's Natural Gas Alliance exists to promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of greater use of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas. We represent 30 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale plays now transforming the clean energy landscape.

ANGA Search: Marcellus

American Petroleum Institute (API)
1220 L Street NW
Washington DC 20005-4070
Phone (202) 682-8000

Assistance: The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Our more than 400 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry.

API Search: Marcellus

Natural Gas Data By State:

Assistance: America’s natural gas and oil producers, the majority of which are small, independent businesses with less than 12 employees are committed to strengthening America through the safe, responsible and environmentally-friendly development of domestic energy resources. Together, we’re working to keep energy affordable here at home, creating new jobs and minimizing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington DC 20426
Phone: (866) 208-3372

Assistance: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates interstate transmission of oil, natural gas, and electricity.

FERC Search: Marcellus

Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
1201 15th Street NW Suite 300
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 857-4722
Fax: (202) 857-4799

Assistance: IPAA is a national trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. It serves as an informed voice for the exploration and production segment of the industry, and advocates its members' views before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. IPAA provides economic and statistical information about the domestic exploration and production industry. IPAA also develops investment symposia and other opportunities for its members.

IPAA Search: Marcellus

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
Mailing Address:
PO Box 53127
Oklahoma City OK 73152
Location Address:
900 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City OK 73105
Phone: (405) 525-3556
Fax: (405) 525-3592

Assistance: The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission advocates improving the way America operates through environmentally sound energy sources. Their website contains information on issues such as states’ rights, national energy policy, and various publications.

IOGCC Search: Marcellus

National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO)
15 West 6th Street Suite 2626
Tulsa OK 74119
Phone: (918) 794-1660
Toll Free: 1 (800) 558-0557
Fax: (918) 794-1662
National Website:
Pennsylvania Website:

Assistance: The National Association of Royalty Owners remains the only national organization promoting the rights, responsibilities and the definitions of citizens who own the natural resources in our country.

State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER)
Ground Water Protection Council
13308 North MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73142
Phone: (405) 516-4972
Fax: (405) 516-4973
State Reviews:

Assistance: This organization is designed to assist states in reviewing and documenting the environmental impacts of drilling processes. One item of particular interest on their website is the September 2010 Pennsylvania Hydraulic Fracturing State Review.

United States Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC 20585
Phone: (202) 586-5000
Fax: (202) 586-4403

Assistance: The mission of the Department of Energy is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

US DOE Search: Marcellus

United States Energy Information Administration
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC 20585
Phone: (202) 586-8800

Assistance: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

US EIA Search: Marcellus

Marcellus Shale Industry Articles, Resources, Information, and Links
An Emerging Giant: Prospects and Economic Impacts of Developing the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: August 5, 2009 (pdf)
Derrick, Oil City, Venango County, Marcellus Shale Page
Drilling For Dollars: Economic Impact of Barnett Shale in Texas, The Perryman Group, 2008
Energy Boomtowns & Natural Gas: Implications for Marcellus Shale Local Governments & Rural Communities, Penn State Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, January 2009
FracTracker: Tracking the impacts of the natural gas industry - Piloting in the Marcellus Shale region. Allows landowners, workers, and anybody involved in the Marcellus Shale industry to communicatee without being forced fed information certain entitities would like for us to consume and believe. This website provides us a platform to share information. A place to connect. And most importantly, a way to have a real voice in how this shale play, from New York to Ohio to West Virginia to Pennsylvania, develops.
List of gas companies, Penn State Cooperative Extention
List of service businesses related to the gas industry, Penn State Cooperative Extention
Marcellus Education & Training Center: Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment, Northern Tier (NTRPDC), Summer 2009
Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Pennsylvania’s Gas Rush: Issues, Opportunities, and Education, Penn State College of Agricultural Science, 2008
Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Marcellus Shale Exploration and Development: Organizing a Community Task Force, Penn State College of Agricultural Science, 2008
Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Questions Citizens and Local Leaders Should Be Asking, Penn State College of Agricultural Science, 2009
Marcellus in the News Update, The Empowered Municipality, 8/6/2010, 8/16/2008
Marcellus Shale: The Economic, Environmental and Social Issues (YouTube), WPSU TV, 2011
Marcellus Shale: What Local Government Officials Need to Know, Penn State College of Agricultural Science, 2008
Marcellus Shale Coalition Library, Marcellus Shale Coalition
Marcellus Shale Coalition Quarterly Magazine, Marcellus Shale Coalition: Current and past editions.
Marcellus Shale Fast Facts, PA Dept of Labor & Industry, Updated Monthly
Marcellus Shale Formation, Penn State Live, 1/17/2008
Marcellus Shale Gas Industry Facts, Clarion University SBDC, May 2010
Marcellus Shale Industry Snapshot April 2010 (pdf), PA Center for Workforce Info & Stats, April 2010
Marcellus Shale Natural Gas: Study Guide 1: From the Ground to the Customer, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 2009
Marcellus Shale Publications, Penn State Cooperative Extension
Marcellus Shale terms you need to know, Centre Daily Times, February 11, 2011
Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner's Guide to Financial Management, Penn State College of Agricultural Science, 2009
NFG to construct 82 mile pipleline in western PA, National Fuel Gas Company, February 2010 (pdf)
Pennsylvania's Gas Rush (YouTube), WPSU TV, 2011
PickensPlan: America is blessed with the world's greatest wind power corridor and enormous reserves of clean natural gas. The Pickens Plan utilizes these tremendous resources to build a bridge to the future, a blueprint to reduce foreign oil dependence by harnessing domestic energy alternatives and buying time for us to develop even greater new technologies and distribution systems.
Pipeline: Your Marcellus Shale Community: Learn, See, Share, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Playing Marcellus, Pennsylvania Business Central: Central Pennsylvania news concerning marcellus shale industry.
Potential Economic Impacts of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, The Perryman Group, 2010 was created to facilitate opportunities among those involved in the business of shale. From the mineral owner to the pipeline, for every well drilled, there are a host of individuals making shale energy production happen. This site provides a marketing & SEO tool for those seeking an edge in a highly competetive industry.
Shale Gas: Global game changer, Dallas Parker, PennEnergy, 2011
Some tips for doing business with Marcellus Shale firms, Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 3, 2010
The Economic Impact of the Oil and Gas Industry in Pennsylvania, PA Economy League of SW PA, November 2008
The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update, Marcellus Shale Coalition, May 24, 2010
The Marcellus Shale: How your company could get in on the action, Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Business Times, April 29, 2010
Trenton Black River Natural Gas Formation, WikiMarcellus, November 2010
Utica Shale - The Natural Gas Giant Below the Marcellus?,, 2011
Venango County Marcellus Shale First Gas Well Video
Who is Marcellus and What is Pennsylvania Doing with his Shale?, insidePOLICY, Pennsylvania Business Council, July 2010
Where is 'realist' position on Marcellus Shale drilling?,, March 25, 2011
Why does Marcellus Shale hold so much natural gas?, James R. Ladlee, Lock Haven PA Express, December 23, 2010
Google Search: Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Opportunities

Drilling Permit and Rig Activity Reports (Pennsylvania)
Includes permits issued by Month by Pennsylvania County by Well Type, Permits Issued By County Detail, New Wells Drilled By Month (Spud Report), and Miscellaneous Reports. At the bottom of the page there are links for prior years data. Under Permits Issued By County Detail Report, there is a report titled: Permits Issued by Operator with location information which provides information pertaining to active energy drillers by county.
2011 Permit & Rig Activity Reports (PA DEP)
2010 Permit & Rig Activity Reports (PA DEP)
2009 Permit & Rig Activity Reports (PA DEP)
2008 Permit & Rig Activity Reports (PA DEP)

Environmental Considerations
Assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations Obtained by High-Volume, Slick-Water Hydraulic Fracturing, Robert W. Howarth and David R. Atkinson, Cornell University, January 26, 2011
Closed-loop systems: Innovative way to dispose of Marcellus drilling debris, Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 13, 2011
Drilling Down into NY Times Story on Wastewater, Marcellus Shale Coalition, February 28, 2011
Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs: National Study Final Report, EPA, June 2004
Expert Says Marcellus Drillers Reusing Two-Thirds of Water, NGI's Shale Daily, March 23, 2011
Federal EPA Releases Plan to Study Hydraulic Fracturing - Study’s Conclusions Won’t be Ready until 2014, Marcellus Drilling News, February 2011
Hydraulic fracturing and the Marcellus Shale (Video), Cornell University, April 2010: This is a video of a committee meeting at Cornell University. The committee was charged with deciding whether or not to lease the University’s land for the purpose of Marcellus Shale drilling. Students, faculty, and community members present their views to the committee.
Hydraulic Fracturing Marcellus Shale, Chesapeake Energy Company, April 2011
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission: out of balance?, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 13, 2011
Marcellus waste reports muddy, Laura Legere,, February 27, 2011
Marcellus Water Issue Overrated, Pennsylvania Official Says, NGI's Shale Daily, March 21, 2011
No Fracking Way: Gasland vs. Shale Gas, Eric Wesoff, greentechmedia, February 2, 2011 provides information about upcoming natural gas seminars, in addition to allowing businesses to advertise to easily reach gas workers and their families.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Marcellus Shale PagePA DEP
PSU Warns of Marcellus Shale’s Effect on Wildlife, Altoona Mirror, March 25, 2011
Water Use in Marcellus Deep Shale Gas Exploration, Chesapeake Energy Company, July 2010
Google Search: +"marcellus shale" +environment

Best Industry Practices: Safer, New, and Innovative Gas Production Technologies
Chief Oil & Gas Moves All Operations to Closed Loop Drilling, Chief Oil & Gas LLC
Hydraulic Fracturing Operations - Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines, American Petroleum Insitute, Ooctober 2009
Oil & Gas Production Best Practices, Oil & Gas Accountability Project, EarthWorks

Future Natural Gas Markets
General Natural Gas Markets
Natural Gas: A Workhorse in Waiting for Pennsylvania, Marcellus Shale Coalition, April 2011

Compressed Natural Gas
Natural Gas Vehicle Facts, Equitable Gas Company, March 2011
What Is Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Equitable Gas Company, March 2011
CNG Stations and Prices for the US, Canada, and Europe
Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center, US Dept of Energy
Google Search: compressed natural gas vehicle
Google Search: compressed natural gas uses

Local Compressed Natural Gas Industry Supplier
Vivian Sabatini
Senior Account Manager, Marketing & Sales
Equitable Gas Company
225 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15212
Phone: (412) 395-2620
Fax: (412) 395-3507

Electric Power Generating Plants
The Future: Natural Gas,
Google Search: future for natural gas and electric power

Landowners: Leasing, Royalties, Taxes,  and Other Legal Issues
Forecast of the Potential Impact of Increased Royalty Income on the Pennsylvania Economy, 2008-2011, Penn State Workforce Education & Development Initiative, June 19, 2008
Landowners Wealth Management Directory: The purpose of our directory is to provide you with basic information about the management of the income you receive from leasing land and royalty payments.
Legal Brief: Intro to Gas Company Contracts Involving Work in the Marcellus Shale Region, Woolford Law PC, Timothy J. Woolford, Esq., March 2011
Legal symposium addresses community concerns and questions about Marcellus shale, Clarion University of PA, March 23, 2011
Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner's Guide to Leasing Land in Pennsylvania, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, 2008
Natural Gas Leasing: Understand what you are signing, Ron Stamets, January 19, 2009, Natural Gas Forum For Landowners
Penn State drills down to project natural gas royalties, Penn State Live, June 23, 2008
Shale commission to make debut, Scranton Times Tribune, March 25, 2011
Who owns the natural gas?, Ben Wolfgang,, February 9, 2011
Google Search: "natural gas lease" +cooperative +group

Marcellus Shale Industry Workforce Development and Training
Formal Training
Clarion University - Venango Campus: Department of Applied Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Program Major: Natural Gas Technology
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center: Offers 6 week program: Commercial Driver Training with Preparation for the Oil and Gas Industry.
Clarion University of PA, College of Arts and Sciences, Anthropology, Geography, & earth Science, Environmental Geoscience/Geology
Penn State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Energy and Mineral Engineering
Venango Technology Center: Natural Resources: Secondary education program for high school students pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry.
Google Search: marcellus shale job training

Articles and Websites
Jobs, Revenue and Opportunity for the Commonwealth, Marcellus Shale Coalition, June 2010
Marcellus Works: is a bold, new initiative introduced by House Republicans that is designed to secure Pennsylvania's energy future and create thousands of new jobs by creating incentives for the use of the clean natural gas which is plentiful under Pennsylvania's large Marcellus Shale formation.
Producing Energy, Jobs and Opportunity For PA, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, Lou D’Amico, President & Executive Director, January 2011
Students Train For Jobs In Marcellus Shale Drilling Industry,, February 9, 2011
Summary of Pennsylvania’s Six Workforce Investment Areas with Significant Marcellus Shale Activity, Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission, 2011
Workforce Discussion of Marcellus Shale and and Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, Sue Mukherjee, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, June 2011

Workshops, Events, Webinars, and Online Training
Marcellus Shale Industry Emergency Training & Resources, PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner
Northwestern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Showcase
Training: Register for 'Your Business & Marcellus Shale' seminar, Penn State Center for Business and Workforce Development
Your Business and Marcellus Shale (Webinars), Penn State Cooperative Extension: a series of five weekly webinars for small and medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs, designed to help them understand and take advantage of the business opportunities arising from Marcellus Shale.
Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Voices of Experience (Webinars), Penn State Cooperative Extension: a series of four weekly webinars for business owners and entrepreneurs to help them understand and take advantage of the business opportunities arising from the development of Marcellus Shale.
Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Building Business Connections (Webinars), Penn State Cooperative Extension: a series of six bi-monthly webinars for business owners and entrepreneurs highlighting successful businesses who are adapting to the opportunities. They share their stories to help other businesses learn how they can explore and take advantage of these opportunities.
Google Search: marcellus shale webinars

Jobs, Employment, and Careers
Jobs In Demand, PA Oil & Gas Association
Find a Job: Marcellus Shale Coalition
Find a Job: National marcellus shale industry job search database
Find a Job, PA CareerLink
Google Search: marcellus shale jobs +pennsylvania