Data driven discussions about gas extraction and related topics.

SRBC Water Withdrawal Permits and Water Quality Monitoring

Susquehanna River Basin Commission water withdrawal permits issued on March 10, 2011. Please click the image for a larger, more dynamic view. Water Withdrawals On March 24th, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission released notes about the public portion of their quarterly Commission meeting, which included a variety of water withdrawal permits. Specific locations were not […]

The Devil’s Details about Radioisotopes and Other Toxic Contaminants in Marcellus Shale Flowback Fluids

and Their Appearance in Surface Water Sources and Threats to Recreationalists, Private Well Water Users, and Municipal Water Supplies By Conrad Dan Volz, DrPH, MPH – Director, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health In yesterday’s FracTracker post, CHEC’s data manager Matt Kelso told the tale of two […]

Air emissions from drilling rig

The Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction

By John Stolz, PhD – Duquesne University, Department of Biological Sciences The Marcellus Shale represents one of the largest reservoirs of unconventional natural gas in the world.It holds the potential, like other gas and oil reserves, to provide a source of energy and jobs for Maryland. It’s extraction, however, is non-trivial and if done without […]

Updated Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Production Information

Updated Marcellus Shale well production data for the period between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 is now available on the DEP website and FracTracker’s DataTool. This data is self-reported by the drilling operators, and includes production in the following categories: Natural Gas: Production in thousands of cubic feet (Mcf) Condensate: Production in barrels […]

PA Fish and Boat Commission Targets Gas Extraction as Resource Threat

Wastewater Facilities Accepting Marcellus Shale Brine and Major Drainage Basins. Click the map for a larger, dynamic view. By Conrad Dan Volz, DrPH, MPH. Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities Management Plans by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have been released for public comment for the 3 […]

Pennsylvania’s DCNR Shale Thickness Datasets Added to DataTool

Three Belt Thickness of Devonian Black Shales. Click image for a larger dynamic view. Three datasets from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) have been added to FracTracker’s DataTool.  Each dataset indicates the thickness of a major carbon-rich black shale layer from the Devonian Period in Pennsylvania, including the Marcellus, Rhinestreet, and […]