Marcellus Shale and Natural Gas Production in New York


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Concerns about Developing Natural Gas Wells in Marcellus Shale

  • Large amounts of water are required for the stimulation of a Marcellus Shale gas well.

  • Fluids recovered from the well, including both the liquids used for the hydrofrack and any produced formation brines, must be safely handled, stored, treated and disposed of properly.

  • Three important environmental concerns related to Marcellus Shale gas production are:

    • Supplying the large amounts of water needed without impacting local water resources

    • Avoiding degradation of small watersheds from increased erosion and sediment as large quantities of equipment and supplies are moved about on unpaved rural roads

    • Determining the proper methods for the safe disposal of the large volumes of spent and recovered fluids from the wells