Natural Gas
Resources and Research

Government Resources

  • U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Provides independent statistics and analysis on natural gas prices, exploration and reserves, production, imports, exports, storage and consumption. Maps by energy source are available for free.
  • Marcellus Shale Fast Facts, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, PA Department of Labor and Industry
    Each of the Marcellus Shale Fast Facts sections is a quick snapshot of labor market information Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale (MS) industries and related economic activity. Marcellus Shale Fast Facts is updated each month with the most current and relevant information available.
  • Marcellus Shale Research in PA: Geological Survey, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website provides maps, databases, lesson plans and FAQ's concerning Marcellus Shale.
  • Marcellus Shale Resources: Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Oil and Gas Management
    The Office of Oil and Gas Management website provides FAQs, Fact Sheets, and Educational Links. It is responsible for the statewide oil and gas conservation and environmental programs to facilitate the safe exploration, development, recovery of Pennsylvania's oil and gas reservoirs in a manner that will protect the Commonwealth's natural resources and the environment. The bureau develops policy and programs for the regulation of oil and gas development and production pursuant to the Oil and Gas Act, the Coal and Gas Resource Coordination Act, and the Oil and Gas Conservation Law; oversees the oil and gas permitting and inspection programs; develops statewide regulation and standards; conducts training programs for industry; and works with the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and the Technical Advisory Board.
  • Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: A Primer, April 2009
    The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, has released an informational primer as an effort to provide sound technical information on and additional insight into the relationship between today's fastest growing, and sometimes controversial, natural gas resource development activity, and environmental protection, especially water resource management. The GWPC is the national association of state ground water and underground injection agencies whose mission isto promote the protection and conservation of ground water resources for all beneficial uses. One goal of the GWPC is to provide a forum for stakeholder communication on important current issues to foster development of sound policy and regulation that is based on sound science.
  • Review of Emerging Resources: U.S. Shale Gas and Shale Oil Plays, U.S. Energy Information Administration, July 2011
    This document provides a brief description of shale gas and shale oil plays in the United States organized by chapters based on the oil and gas supply module regions. The regions included in this document are the Northeast, Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, and West Coast Region. Each play description includes an estimate of the resource at the well level and across the play, description of key properties, a list of the companies active in the play as well as their activities, a comparison against United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates, and other information. This information has been collected from publicly available data sources including USGS, the Department of Energy (DOE), individual exploration and development companies, journal articles, and other data sources.

Fact-Based Organizations

  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Natural Gas Resource Center
    The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Natural Gas Resource Center brings together information from a variety of sources, including academic research, industry analysis, local government officials and citizens. Therefore, there may be material and resources herein that express viewpoints that are not those of Cornell Cooperative Extension. You will find material produced by Cornell identified as such. A key goal is to provide sound information that will support informed decision making.
  • Shale Training and Education Center (formerly Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center)
    Shale Training & Education Center (ShaleTEC) is a collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State Extension established to serve as the central resource for workforce development and education needs of the community and the oil and natural gas industry.
  • Museum of the Earth: Marcellus Shale Resources Paleontological Research Institution, NY
    The education department at the Museum of the Earth at Paleontological Research Institution aims to make the history of Earth and its life accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. To reach this goal it offers a wide variety of programs, lectures, and field trips to public and private audiences.
  • Penn State Cooperative Extension Natural Gas - Links to maps, presentations, videos, etc..
    This Web site is your official entry point for Penn State Cooperative Extension's educational and research materials (maps, presentations, videos, etc.) about Marcellus Shale, natural gas, and how it may affect the Commonwealth.
  • Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) - Fact Based Research and links
    The Marcellus Center brings together into one place Penn State's considerable expertise and leadership on issues related to Marcellus and other gas shale development. As such, the Center is a valuable resource for the diverse group of stakeholders involved with or affected by exploration and production of natural gas.
  • Penn State Legal Resources
    The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center is a collaboration between Penn State Law and the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Located at both University Park and Carlisle facilities and funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Center is designed to provide the highest-quality educational programs, information and materials to those involved or interested in agricultural law and policy.

Industry Resources

  • PIOGA - Pennsylvania independent Oil and Gas Association
    The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (PIOGA) is the principal nonprofit trade association representing Pennsylvania's independent oil and natural gas producers, marketers, service companies and related businesses. PIOGA is a 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.
  • ANGA - America's Natural Gas Alliance
    America's Natural Gas Alliance exists to promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of greater use of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas. Representing 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. As decisions about a clean energy future are made, ANGA seeks to inform and engage all stakeholders about the opportunities presented by greater use of this clean energy resource-improving air quality, adding jobs to our economy and enhancing our energy security.
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition
    Founded in 2008, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is an organization committed to the responsible development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale geological formation and the enhancement of the region's economy that can be realized by this clean-burning energy source. The members of the coalition work with our partners across the region to address issues with regulators, local, county, state and federal government officials and communities about all aspects of producing clean-burning, job-creating natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 1003435. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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