Environmental Concerns Over Drilling the Marcellus Shale

Marcellus Shale Drilling

- June 15, 2011

Nat­ur­al gas is a big part of ener­gy inde­pen­dence in the U.S. and an impor­tant alter­na­tive trans­porta­tion fuel. Much of it is already here, with the Mar­cel­lus Shale for­ma­tion being the largest reserve. There’s an increas­ing amount of crit­i­cism and con­cern for what’s called frack­ing — hydraulic frac­tur­ing — a process drillers are using to tap into deep reserves that can also cause envi­ron­men­tal haz­ards.