Pennsylvania’s Buried Treasure
In an ever-changing energy dependent world, new fossil fuel sources are becoming increasingly rare. When a new deposit is found, it can have immediate effectson the surrounding economy and United States energy consumption as companies jumpat the bit to attain drilling permits. A recently discovered natural gas source is thePennsylvania Marcellus Shale, which has a large amount of trapped natural gas. ThePennsylvania Marcellus shale is part of the large Marcellus Formation, which extendsfrom Ohio through Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. Although production was started back in the early 2000’s, the majority of reserves, are untappedand could potentially be enough to supply US demand for fourteen years.This is a photograph of the Marcellus and Devonian Shale. The orange lines represent thedepth of the shale.Source:http://ruins.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/marcellus-shale-depth-map.gif The Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Reserve formation is part of alarge shale field, which extends through Ohio, New York, and West Virginia. The shaleholds a large amount of natural gas, which has led to the movement by many companiesto attain drilling permits.