The Great Shale Gas Rush

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Web Article


National Geographic (2010)






This is an excellent background on the Marcellus Shale Gas Rush.  Website is sponsored by Shell which may signify a pro-industry editorialization.  Nevertheless, the photographs and production are impressive.  Shell's message here:

"Let's Build a Better Energy Future. Let's Go. See how we're helping to secure energy for the next generation."

See: Ed Pilkington. "Shell pays out $15.5m over Saro-Wiwa killing." The Guardian.  June 9, 2009.

See: Jad Mouawad. "Shell to Pay $15.5 Million to Settle Nigerian Case." NYT. June 8, 2009.

The populous mid-Atlantic market pays a relatively higher price than the South for energy, at the same time that exploration and finding costs are dramatically lower in the Marcellus than in the Barnett and the other shales around the United States.

“It’s very repeatable,” says Range spokesman Matt Pitzarella. “Every well in Washington County is either good or great.”

See: Candice O'Grady.  "Newsweek Greenwashes the Oil Lobby for Real." Feb. 2010.