Marcellus Shale — History, Production Methods and Current Issues

May 8, 2012

Speaker: DANIEL BAIN, Professor of Geology and Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh

As Marcellus Shale activity sweeps Western Pennsylvania, a new University of Pittsburgh database reveals that approximately 7 percent of Allegheny County’s land has been leased for drilling and extraction since 2003. In addition, the number of properties in the county leased for oil and gas exploration increased by 322 percent between 2008 and 2009.

Environmental concerns around the drilling and extraction processes have sparked interesting discussion. This meeting will help understand the basics along with issues that may concern all of us.

Read current Post-Gazette article:

“Corbett outlines plans for Marcellus Shale Fee”

About the Speaker (From Pitt Newsletter 2007)

“In January 2007, the Department of Geology and Planetary Science grew in number and in stature with the arrival of Drs. Emily Elliott and Daniel Bain from Menlo Park, California, where both had completed post-doctoral appointments with the U.S. Geological Survey….Dr. Bain, a native of southeastern Ohio, brings a wealth of research experience in geomorphology, geochemistry, and hydrology to the Department.”

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