Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Industry Analysis - Miniature Golf

Includes information, resources, and links pertaining to the Miniature Golf Industry.

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Published: 2012-08-08
Revised: 2012-08-08

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Miniature Golf Industry

Just Right, Take a Page From 'Goldilocks' When Adding Miniature Golf to Your Mix, Kristen Caldwell, Golf Range Times, July/August 2005

Miniature Golf, Big Things Are Happening, Jeff Kleppin, Golf Range Times, August 2012

The Secret’s Out of the Barn, Broadway Driving Range & Miniature Golf Becomes a Family Destination, Mike Ashley, Golf Range Times, November/December 2006

United States Miniature Golf Association (MGAUS)

Miniature Golf: New Challenges under the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standard, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), August 2011

Refer to Amusement Parks & Arcades, NAICS: 7131 and SIC: 7993, 7996, First Research, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Marcellus Shale Environmental Considerations

Includes information, resources, and links pertaining to environmental considerations in the Marcellus Shale industry.

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Published: 2012-04-26
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VIII. Marcellus Shale 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, April 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
Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development: This study was prepared by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas. It discusses a brief history of Shale drilling and the challenges to the spread of drilling activities and the opposition behind it. The purpose of the report is to help strengthen the support for drilling activities by proving its benevolence on the environment and the surrounding communities.
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
Methane and the Greenhouse-Gas Footprint of Natural: Gas From Shale Formations, November 2010: This article provides an in depth look into the impact of Marcellus Drilling on the greenhouse effect and what emissions are given off during the process.(Specifically Methane gas)
No Fracking Way: Gasland vs. Shale Gas, Eric Wesoff, greentechmedia, February 2, 2011
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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Marcellus Shale Best Management Practices

Includes information, resources, and links pertaining to the best management practices in the Marcellus Shale industry.

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Published: 2012-04-26
Revised: 2012-04-26

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VII. Marcellus Shale Best Management Practices

Chief Oil & Gas: Marcellus Shale Best Practices

Following the link above will lead to the portion of Chief Oil & Gas website which describes what they consider to be the best practices in the industry. These include a closed-loop system, and full disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Closed-loop systems: Innovative way to dispose of Marcellus drilling debris

This article discusses the closed-loop system, which is a disposal method of some of the waste Marcellus Shale drilling produces. It is considered to be one of the best practices in the industry.

EARTHWORKS – Best Practices

This link provides information on the best industry practices including alternatives to pits, closed-loop drilling systems, redesigned pits, directional drilling, flareless completions, and minimizing waste. Additionally, it provides tips for minimizing the impacts during the production phase on topics such as surface disturbances, visual impacts, noise and air pollution.

Hydraulic Fracturing Operations–Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines

This document was produced by the American Petroleum Institute in order to provide guidance on the best practices for each stage of the hydraulic fracturing process.

Office of the State Fire Commissioner Homepage

This website describes how to enroll in a class which involves first-responder training for Marcellus Shale Emergencies.

US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management

This site provides a general explanation of what exactly BMP (Best Management Practices) are and how they apply to the natural gas and oil industry. This site also provides a link to numerous PowerPoint presentations regarding these practices as well.

Drill Right Texas: Best Management Practices

This publication is a document published by Earth Works which discusses general guidelines to follow in oil and gas drilling operations.

Marcellus Shale Drilling and Permit Data

Includes information, resources, and links pertaining to natural gas and crude oil well drilling and permit data.

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VI. Marcellus Shale Drill and Permit Data

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.

PA Drilling and Permit Reports Main Page (PA DEP)
Permit & Rig Activity Reports (Enter Beginning Date and Ending Date) (PA DEP)

Marcellus Shale Areas of Impact

Includes the various impacts that the local Marcellus Shale drilling activity can have on the local businesses and economy.

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V. Marcellus Shale Areas of Impact

Marcellus Shale Upcoming Training and Local Forums

Marcellus Shale Upcoming Training & Local Forums includes past and future Marcellus Shale industry training and presentations.

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IV. Marcellus Shale Upcoming Training & Local Forums

Pennsylvania College of Technology: Workforce Development and Continuing Education

This site provides links to Penn State’s upcoming lectures and training events.

Natural Gas Expo Downloads

This website provides links to download the 2011 Natural Gas Expo Directory Book and well as links to several of the presentations given at the Natural Gas Expo.

Central Susquehanna Oil and Gas Expo: Business to Business Expo

This expo is taking place at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds on May 7, 2011, from 10:00 am To 3:00 pm. provides information about upcoming natural gas seminars, in addition to allowing businesses to advertise to easily reach gas workers and their families.

Marcellus Shale Websites and Online Tools

Marcellus Shale Websites and Online Tools includes various information, resources, and tools pertaining to the Marcellus Shale industry.

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III. Marcellus Shale Websites and Online Tools

PennEnergy Online Articles

This site is the results of a Marcellus search on The page contains numerous news articles and other resources.

CNG Stations and Prices for US, Canada, and Europe

This link provides locations and prices of CNG stations.

PA OSHA Consultation Program (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

This link will direct you to IUP’s OSHA compliance program in which they help local businesses follow industry standards and regulations.

The Oilfield Glossary: Where the Oil Field Meets the Dictionary

This is a link to the Schlumberger oilfield glossary which contains helpful information and terms specific to the natural gas industry.

Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR)

This link provides a wealth of maps and other visuals which depict the depth and length of the Marcellus Play as well as visuals representations of the number of wells drilled and a visual of how the actual drilling process is performed.

Go Marcellus Shale

This site is a blog/discussion forum based site in which users can post stories, news or discussions pertaining to the shale drilling. Note: You must create a log in and password for full access.

The Political Climate: A Guide to Natural Gas Fracking

This website gives a detailed overview of the fracking process and explains why it is used, how it works and the controversies that surround its use.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Well Locator

This link provides a tool that allows you to search for individual gas wells. It also provides umber pdf fact sheets regarding shale development, land leasing, hydraulic fracking and environmental safety to only name a few. It also includes a list of additional resources for more information.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection eMap Application

This tool provides a map application which allows you to view items such as the number of interstates, unpaved roads, mining locations, and streams and water resources.

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers Marcellus Shale Energy Assistance

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Oil & gas Well Information

This link will direct you to another map tool which allows you to search for wells and the type of permit associated with it.

OSHA Oil & Gas Storage Standards

This page discusses the standards of safety in the oil and gas well drilling, servicing and storage industry.

Marcellus on Main Street: Provided by the Marcellus Coalition

This site, sponsored by the Marcellus Coalition provides a business directory that is meant to help spur the shale gas industry by connecting vendors, suppliers and services. The businesses range from oil and gas companies to real estate agencies to restaurants to local area attractions.

Natural Gas Supply Association Secondary Website

This site provides a wealth of information pertaining to natural gas including a general overview of the industry, a step by step process to harvesting it, industry market structure, natural gas supply and demand, regulation and information about natural gas and its impact on the environment.

OSHA Oil & Gas Well Drilling and Servicing e-Tool

This site, provided by the US department of labor discusses the general safety, health and hazards of the natural gas industry and includes information regarding the effects of hazardous gases and how to prote4ct yourself from them in the field.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center

This is a link developed by the US Department of Energy discusses the use of natural gas in vehicles. It also includes numerous publications including basic fact sheets, information on additional technologies and policies.


This website allows people to share their experiences with Marcellus Shale, along with providing a vast amount of resources such as organizations involved with Marcellus Shale and research materials, as well as a DataTool. The site also includes news articles and posts, data and analysis, important announcements and various photos.

Energy in Depth

This website provides further information about fracking, the drilling process, and a library of resources from press releases to fact sheets. It also includes a blog which contains posts from industry professionals discussing the impact of the shale drilling.

Hydraulic fracturing and the Marcellus Shale

This is an April 2010 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.

This website provides information to landowners on the types of payments they may be receiving as a result of their involvement in Marcellus Shale and will link landowners to accountants, attorneys, and financial advisors.

Marcellus in the News 8/6/2010 Update

This site has a collection of news articles and updates about Marcellus shale and includes information from the advisory commission, information about other formations that might produce gas, the impact on the environment and regulation news on the drilling process.

Marcellus Shale from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This website published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is aimed at helping people sort through all of the differing opinions on Marcellus Shale. It provides daily news updates, videos, interactive calendars of Marcellus events, and a function to communicate with others in the community about Marcellus Shale.

Marcellus Works

This website provides an overview of the initiative introduced to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that is aimed at enhancing the jobs that will be created by the Marcellus Shale industry in PA. There is also a section on frequently asked questions about the initiative.

Natural Gas Future in Pennsylvania, a WPSU broadcast

This video is an informative panel discussion about Marcellus Shale: The Environmental, Economic, and Social Issues. The panelists include Attorney Gary Falatovich, the Solicitor of Salem Township, Tom Murphy, a Penn State University Cooperative Extension Educator, Ed Ireland, the Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Council, and Margaret Brittingham, a Penn State University Professor of Wildlife Resources.

Northwestern Pennsylvania Showcase for the Marcellus Shale Initiative

This website discusses the possibility of adding a second Pipeline Safety Inspector Training Center in PA because the state is essentially considered the birthplace of the Oil Industry.

State Impact

This site contains an article which discusses the “Marcellus on Main Street” website and its potential benefits to businesses and job seekers.

This website provides information about the Natural Gas Expo, general information about the industry and permits and well updates. It also allows businesses to advertise on their site to easily reach gas workers and their families. In addition it provides a phone book-like reference for the industry which is divided on a per state basis.

PA Gas Rush, a WPSU broadcast

This video is an informative panel discussion about Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. The panelists include Tom Murphy, a Penn State University Cooperative Extension Educator, Ron Guilious, who represents the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as the Director of the Bureau of Oil and Gas Management, Lester Greevy, an attorney with Greevy & Associates, and Carl Carlson, the President of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Business Central

This site contains general information and news updates.

Pickens Plan

This website provides information on T. Boone Pickens’ Pickens Plan. He cites that every other country in the world has an energy plan, which the United States lacks. He views natural gas as a bridge fuel to renewable energy independence in the United States.

Your Business & Marcellus Shale

This website contains Penn State University originated broadcasts about topics having to do with business owners and what opportunities Marcellus Shale provides for them. A few of the topics addressed are doing business with the industry, identifying local business opportunities, and success stories.

Pittsburgh Business Times: Some Tips for Doing Business with Marcellus Firms

This article presents a series of ideas that firms should follow in order to help them get introduced successfully into the Marcellus industry and how to network with other firms.

The Friends of Marcellus Shale

This website provides great resources to help answer the questions relating to what Marcellus Shale is, why is it being harvested now, how its extraction process is different than others and how the industry is regulated.

The Examiner: Marcellus Shale

This site provides a few links to general news articles explaining some of the differing opinions regarding the Shale play.

The Marcellus Shale Formation

This website contains general industry information as well as shale maps, a list of companies involved in the activity and a listing of other US and Canadian Shale formations.

Museum of the Earth

This site includes essay, links to other resources, publications and a blog pertaining to Marcellus Shale. This site is part of the Paleontological Research institute’s Marcellus outreach efforts.

Frac Focus

This site provides a wealth of information pertaining to the hydraulic fracking activities and its effects on the local water sources. It also specifically contains information relating to the chemicals included in fracking fluid and other educational materials.

Ohio Oil & Gas Education Program (OOGEEP)

This site provides general facts about oil and natural gas, news updates and provides information on the groups education efforts in spreading the good word of natural gas use.

Marcellus Shale Research Studies and Publications

Marcellus Shale Research Studies and publications includes information, resources and links pertaining to the most current and useful Marcellus Shale research and publications.

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II. Marcellus Shale Research Studies and Publications

[August, 5th 2009] An Emerging Giant: Prospects and Economic Impacts of Developing the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play

This study published by Penn State’s Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering was aimed at educating the public on the true economic impact Marcellus Shale could make on Pennsylvania.

[November, 2008] The Economic Impact of the Oil and Gas Industry in Pennsylvania

This website contains a PDF file addressing the economic side effects of the oil and gas industry in PA. Subjects addressed include the amount of revenue generated from the oil and gas industry, the basic process of drilling, and employment in the oil and gas industry.

[January, 2009] Energy Boomtowns & Natural Gas: Implications for Marcellus Shale Local Governments & Rural Communities

This study was made available as a resource from’s website. It addresses some of the main concerns that are faced by local governments and communities when they become a hot spot for natural gas drilling.

[2009-2010] Marcellus Shale Natural Gas: From the Ground to the Customer: League of Women Voters Study Guide

This study is a comprehensive guide which addresses the topics of environmental impact, economic impact, taxation, and regulating Marcellus Shale.

[June 2009] Marcellus Shale: Workforce Needs Assessment

This study was performed by the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center in order to assess what kinds of workers would be needed to fully develop the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania.

[April 2007] NGV Roadmap for Pennsylvania Jobs, Energy Security, and Clean Air

This study was prepared for the Marcellus Shale Coalition and addresses the implementation of natural gas infrastructure to make natural gas vehicles more user-friendly.

[Summer 2011] Pennsylvania Statewide Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment

This study was created by MSTEC and summarizes the economic impacts of Marcellus Shale on the creating of jobs. The article discusses topics such as the direct, indirect and induced impact of Shale activity and is meant to inform the general public about opportunities and types of workers needed to help support his industry.

[May 2010] The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update

This study, published by Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences explores the economic impact of Marcellus Shale and specifically focus on the business to business impacts and the payments made to land owners. The study looks in to the number of wells drilled and the spending and the value added associated with the drilling activity.

[December 2011] The Economic and Employment Contributions of Shale Gas in the United States

This study presents the economic contribution of the shale gas industry as it stands today and also discusses future impacts. Specifically the study focus on job growth, economic value added and government revenue. The study also includes a wealth of significant figures and statistics regarding the industry as a whole and its costs, prices and growth.

[January 2012] Shale Gas: New Opportunities, New Challenges

This study discusses the history of Shale gas and goes on to examine the potential benefits and opportunities that are associated with it as well as the threats and controversy surrounding it.

[2012] Energy for Economic Growth Energy Vision Update 2012

This article is a comprehensive report from the World Economic Forum which discusses an in depth analysis of the current status of the energy industry. The article also touches upon the role of energy in the economy, energy job creation, maximizing the benefits from energy and economic benefits that can be created.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Publication Data Base

This website will connect you to a publication and news article database which provides pdf links to each article or report.

Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Voices of Experience

This site provides real life video of individuals who offer opportunities and tips on how to take advantage of the Marcellus Shale Activities.

Marcellus Shale Coalition 2011 Annual Report

This document contains the latest updates, discoveries, accomplishments and significant findings regarding the Marcellus Shale movement.

Pennsylvania’s Energy Industry: Producing Energy, Jobs & Opportunity for PA$FILE/pioga-marcellus-101.pdf

This link is a pdf version of a presentation published by PIOGA. Its discusses a brief history of the PA natural gas industry, statistics and facts about the industry, the physical shale formation and where it is located, the phases in the drilling process, land exploration and leasing agreements.

General Marcellus Press Release Database

This link will connect you to a section of the Marcellus Coalitions’ website which contains numerous press releases all specifically relating to the natural gas industry.

Marcellus Drilling News: Land Owner News and Resources

This link will connect you to a Marcellus Shale news article database.

[2008] Forecast of the Potential Impact of Increased Royalty Income on the Pennsylvania Economy, 2008-2011

This Penn State publication provides a brief summary of the economic impacts Pennsylvanians can expect due to increased royalty income.

Jobs, Revenue and Opportunity for the Commonwealth

This Marcellus Shale Coalition publication comments on the current unemployment problems in Pennsylvania and how the development of the Marcellus Shale is beginning to change that. The article also includes a brief discussion of the PA Marcellus Supply Chain.

Legal Brief: Intro to Gas Company Contracts Involving Work in the Marcellus Shale Region

This article provides a brief introduction to Master Service Agreements in the Marcellus Shale Industry and describes the knock-for-knock rule. This article should be helpful in getting businesses started in the Marcellus Activity.

[2008] Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Pennsylvania’s Gas Rush: Issues, Opportunities, and Education

This Penn State publication provides a brief summary of the issues and opportunities Pennsylvania will face while developing the Marcellus Shale play.

Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Questions Citizens and Local Leaders Should be Asking

This Penn State Publication provides examples of issues citizens should consider as the Marcellus Shale play is developing such as housing and emergency preparations. Specifically the article addresses population, economic, environmental and policy changes that could potentially affect the public.

Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission: Out of Balance?

This article addresses the potential balance issues of the new commission created by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission consists of thirty members who are mainly concentrated in the gas industry, and a few environmentalists.

Marcellus Shale and My Business, Clarion University SBDC

This is the Marcellus Shale publication resource that you are currently using. This link provides access to the Clarion University SBDC’s blog which is constantly updated with news and information.

[July 2010] Inside Policy

This link provides access to the July 2010 insidePOLICY publication of the Pennsylvania Business Council. Some of the topics addressed in this publication are leasing mineral rights, job creation, the Marcellus Shale extraction tax, hydraulic fracturing, and the regulators of the Marcellus Shale industry.

[May 2010] Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania

This report, co-written by a Clarion SBDC consultant discusses the financial and economic impacts of Marcellus Shale.

[April 2010] Marcellus Shale Industry Snapshot

This document published by Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry provides an analysis of the occupations needed in the Marcellus Shale Industry and also provides an introduction and industry overview of the Shale play.

[April 2011] Marcellus Shale Jobs Booming

This article explains what kind of jobs are being created by Marcellus Shale from those directly related to the drilling activities, to clerical work, to jobs created in other industries due to Marcellus. The article also gives suggestions as to where people can go to be trained for Marcellus jobs, like Clarion University’s Venango Campus.

Marcellus Shale: Producing Energy, Jobs & Opportunity for PA

This link is a PIOGA PowerPoint presentation which addresses Marcellus Shale and drilling and how they could impact Pennsylvania.

[April 2011] Montrose Man Gets New Start with Gas Driller
This article provides one man’s testament that the Marcellus Shale industry is helping improve the economic conditions of many rural Pennsylvanians.

[June 2010] Natural Gas: A Workhorse in Waiting for Pennsylvania

This Marcellus Shale Coalition Publication provides details about how Pennsylvania currently uses natural gas and the potential uses it could have in the future.

[2009] Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner’s Guide to Financial Management

This Penn State publication provides financial advice to landowners who are considering leasing their land for Marcellus Shale Development.

Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner’s Guide to Leasing Land in Pennsylvania

This Penn State publication suggests tips for landowners looking to lease their land for potential gas drilling purposes.

Natural Gas Vehicle Facts

This is a brief fact sheet on natural gas vehicles. The fact sheet specifically addresses greenhouse gas emissions, lifecycle carbon intensities and environmental policies.

Penn State Cooperative Extension Publications

This link will direct you to a great resource for a listing of Penn State’s Cooperative Extension Publications. The site contains a variety of articles regarding leasing, economic and socioeconomic impacts, environmental leasing, local government and legal implications.

[June 2008] Penn State Drills Down to Project Natural Gas Royalties
This article story provides information about the potential royalties that exist for landowners working with the Marcellus Shale Play.

[March 2011] Shale Commission to Make Debut

This article makes reference to the first meeting of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (on March 25, 2011) and mentions Governor Corbett’s willingness to discuss a potential fee charged by local communities on Marcellus drillers.

Shale Gas: Global Game Changer

This article discusses the discovery of shale gas in relation to the economic and political effects of it worldwide. It also addresses the potential impact on the development of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy.

[February 2011] Students Train for Jobs in Marcellus Shale Drilling Industry

This article discusses how technical schools in Clearfield County are providing training for people who want to be involved in the transportation area of the Marcellus Shale industry.

Utica Shale: The Natural Gas Giant Below the Marcellus?

This publication gives general background information on Utica Shale.

What is CNG?

This sheet provides information on compressed natural gas and discusses how it is an alternative to gasoline.

Where is ‘Realist’ Position on Marcellus Shale Drilling?

This is an editorial published by Attorney Anna Marie Sossong regarding the various views on shale drilling. She insists that the increasing numbers of publications about Marcellus Shale are biased either towards job creation or environmental protection, and that a middle ground is lacking and should exist.

Who owns the natural gas?

This article addresses ownership of natural gas rights on property. Some individuals have a difficult time determining the owner of mineral rights on their property, and according to the law in Pennsylvania, natural gas is not always considered a “mineral”.

Why does Marcellus Shale hold so much natural gas?

This article examines Marcellus Shale from a geological perspective and discusses how and why the shale gas exists in the first place.

Pennsylvania Business Central: Marcellus Shale

This link provides an archive or news posts and articles for Marcellus Shale.

Supporting Organizations and Informational Resources

Marcellus Shale supporting organizations & informational resources contains a few brief notes about the Marcellus Shale industry in general. In addition, a list of Marcellus Shale resources and agencies are included.

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-PA has supplied gas since 1859 with the first well being drilled in Venango County.
-Currently PA is home to over 350,000 oil and gas wells, a figure which continues to grow.
-With the industry expanding so quickly, there is an enormous economic impact on the state which can be both direct and indirect.
-In 2008 Pennsylvania imported about 75% of its natural gas, clearly there is a dire need for the state to start producing its own supply.
-Pennsylvania is now a net exporter of natural gas.
-There are many benefits that arise from PA drilling.
-Unlimited business and job opportunities.
-Green fuel source, clean burning.
-Safe-regulated heavily by government,state and protective organizations/agencies.
-Industry best management practices ensure safe drilling process.
-Non-damaging to the land: it is completely restored after use.
Source: PIOGA, The Marcellus Shale: Pennsylvania’s Home-Grown Energy Source


-Marcellus Shale: A promising natural gas field comprising an estimated $500 billion in recoverable gas.
-The Marcellus Shale play is 95,000 square miles long (or approximately 60 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass).
-Reserves are projected at nearly 500 trillion cubic feet.
-By some estimates, it may take 30 years just to drill all the wells needed to bring the gas to market.
-Marcellus Shale gas recovery is both possible and economically viable with new technologies: including advanced horizontal drilling techniques and completion technologies.
-Almost 1,400 Marcellus Shale gas wells were drilled in the Pittsburgh region in 2010 alone, representing one of our region’s fastest growing industries.
-Marcellus reserves could exceed those of the largest oil field in the world (Saudia Arabia) and be the 2nd largest oil field in the world.

Source: Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center: Pennsylvania Economic Impact Study, August 2011

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

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 pre-venture and existing business clients that are directly or indirectly involved in the Marcellus shale gas industry.

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

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

America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)
701 Eighth Street, NW
Suite 800 Washington DC 20001
Phone: (202) 789-2642

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.

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

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.

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

This website contains links to a business directory for Clarion Country which may include business affiliated with the Marcellus Shale activities.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington DC 20426
Phone: 1 (866) 208-3372

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

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

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.

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
PO Box 53127
Oklahoma City OK 73152
Phone: (405) 525-3556
Fax: (405) 525-3592

This organization 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.

Marcellus Shale Coalition
4000 Town Center Blvd
Canonsburg PA 15317
Phone: (724) 745-0100

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.

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
General Contact information:
PO Box 6766
Pittsburgh PA 15212
Phone: (Customer Service) 1 (800) 654-6335

This website is the general website for Equitable Gas which is a general natural gas provided to residential and business customers. Their website also has information regarding the natural gas industry in general which may be helpful.

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:

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.

Natural Gas Forum For Landowners
236 Equinunk Creek Road
Lakewood PA 18439
Phone: (570) 798-0122

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. The website contains open discussion forums that can easily be viewed for more information.

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
Link to Publications:

The Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) is Penn State's education and research initiative on unconventional gas plays. The website serves as a great resource for education materials. MCOR focuses on exploring the areas of geology, technology, economics, business and the sociology behind the Marcellus Shale while also exploring and sharing with the public the opportunities and challenges associated with it.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8767
400 Market Street
Harrisburg PA 17105
Phone: (717) 787-2869

This site provides general information regarding the conservation of natural resources and includes educational resources regarding water sources, geology, economic resources, state parks and interactive maps.

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

This website is an offshoot of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Its purpose is 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.

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

This website contains fact sheets about Marcellus Shale, information about permits applied for to drill wells for by county, and a well drilling fee calculator. You can also find an “Oil and Gas Operator’s Manual” at this site. There are also numerous resources for news articles and publications.

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

PIOGA is recognized as being 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. The website includes numerous links to their newsletter as well as connections to other Oil and Gas Associations.

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

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

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

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 (Main Switch Board)
Fax: (202) 586-4403

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.

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

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.

Veriforce Compliance Solutions
19221 I-45 South
Suite 200
Shenandoah TX 77385
Phone: (800) 426-1604
Fax: (281) 715-5780

Veriforce is an industry leader for compliance, training and solutions that serve the oil and gas industry. Their website has numerous resources and information about regulations facing pipeline operators as well as industry standards. This could be a great tool for individuals interested in joining the Marcellus movement.

ISNetworld Contractor and Supplier Safety Management
Phone: 1 (800) 976-1303

The company is responsible for collecting supplier and contractor information and verifies its accuracy and completeness. Also offers training and development for the natural gas industry. Again, this website could be a resource for individuals interested in joining the industry.

PEC Premier
233 General Patton Avenue
Mandeville LA 70471
Phone: 1 (800) 892-8179

PEC Premier is another company which offers training and compliance information about the gas and oil industry. A major focus of theirs is to provide standardized safety and skills training which could be useful to be aware of before entering this industry.


SafeLandUSA’s major focus is to monitor and continuously improve orientation standards for the US Land contractor community by providing extensive training opportunities. It also serves as the advisory group for other safety organizations such as PEC Premier.

3101 Kintzley Court Unit F
Laporte CO 80535
Phone: (866) 765-5432
Fax: (970) 221-1765

Enerdynamics is a leader in the training industry that offers comprehensive training programs for the natural gas and energy industry. Their mediums involve face to face seminars, online courses, group training and training books.

Golder Associates
105 Bradford Road Suite 420
Wexford PA 15090
Phone: (724) 935-6400
Fax: (724) 934-2023

Golder Associates is a respected, employee-owned, global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. Their website provides a wealth of resources which give additional information into land and natural resource management, compliance and environmental assessments.

Penn State cooperative Extension Marcellus Education: College of Agricultural Sciences
201 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-2541

Penn State has been very active in researching and documenting findings in regards to Marcellus Shale. The website is very comprehensive and contains research studies, reports, assessments and news reports regarding the latest drilling activities.

Pennsylvania College of Technology-Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center
One College Avenue
Williamsport PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-4775
Fax: (570) 321-5546

MSTEC is a collaboration of the Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Penn State Extension that is meant to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil-and-gas industry. The organization provides programs and resources such as workforce needs assessments, geographic maps, customized training, research studies and also provides opportunities to students.

Cornell University-Natural Gas Development Resource Center
Contact information: (See Location that is closest to your area of interest)

The Cornell Natural Gas Development Resource Center collaborates information from a variety of sources, including academic research, industry analysis, local government officials and citizens. The website contains information regarding environmental issues, upcoming events, new updates, additional resources and general information about Marcellus Shale.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Mineral Resources Management (ODNR)
Oil and Gas Resources Management
2045 Morse Road
Building F-2
Columbus OH 43229-6693
Phone: (614) 265-6922
Fax: (614) 265-6910

This department makes a commitment to public education and outreach. Their website contains additional resources including web links, numerous fact sheet, well locator tools, information regarding laws and safety and the most up to date news articles.

Marcellus & Utica Shale Data (ODNR)
Division of Geological Survey
2045 Morse Road
Bldg. C-1
Columbus OH 43229
Phone: (614) 265-6576
Fax: (614) 447-1918

This website is an extension of the ODNR’s website. This page specifically includes publications, maps, data, resources and presentations regarding Utica and Marcellus Shale Formations. It also includes a wealth of downloadable materials for additional information as well.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street SE
Charleston WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0440

This site contains downloadable reports and data, news reports and studies regarding the protection of the environment and the Marcellus Shale impact on it.

New York Department of Environmental Quality: Division of Public Affairs and Education
625 Broadway
Albany New York 12233
Phone: (518) 402-8013

This department is concerned with the protection of the natural environment and monitoring any negative effects of activities. The website contains Marcellus Shale Formation maps, education resources, permit information, environmental impact studies and general information regarding the drilling process and the Marcellus Shale as a whole.

US Energy Information Administration
U.S. Energy Information Administration
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC 20585
Phone: (202) 586-8800

This website provides energy industry data, statistics and empirical studies that are made available to the public. The site also includes industry news, outlooks and key points for study as well as trend graphs. Searching the site for specific Marcellus data will result in maps, key data, PDF downloads and new articles.

David Pistner
Director, ShaleNET Eastern Region
Pennsylvania College of Technology DIF 29
One College Avenue
Williamsport PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-4775

ShaleNET is the result of a grant funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Its mission is to design a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for high priority occupations in the natural gas drilling and production industry. A goal of ShaleNet is to implement a network of certified training providers and certified instructors who offer high-quality instruction based on pre-developed standardized curriculum approved by industry to impart knowledge and skills utilizing appropriate equipment in an environment conducive to learning. This website includes information about opportunities to connect with Marcellus Shale, basic information, employment information and a wealth of training materials.

The Natural Gas Supply Association
1620 Eye Street NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20006
Phone: (202) 326-9300

This organization represents suppliers that produce and market natural gas and also encourage the use of natural gas under a balanced national energy policy. The website contains general information about the industry and other links to energy administrations, press releases and analyses and various research studies.

Marcellus Shale and My Business

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. Growth in employment, new small business start-ups, and existing business expansions have been the result. This resource is a one-stop Marcellus Shale industry web resource that provides entrepreneurs with: assisting organizations and contacts, general industry information, drilling and rig activity, environmental considerations, future natural gas markets, landowner legal issues, and workforce development and training.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2012-04-26
Revised: 2013-02-08

Marcellus Shale and My Business

I. Marcellus Shale Supporting Organizations and Informational Resources
II. Marcellus Shale Research Studies and Publications
III. Marcellus Shale Websites and Online Tools
IV. Marcellus Shale Upcoming Training and Local Forums
V. Marcellus Shale Areas of Impact
VI. Marcellus Shale Drilling and Permit Data
VII. Marcellus Shale Best Management Practices
VIII. Marcellus Shale Environmental Considerations
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