Did the USGS assess water-borne and (or) atmospheric emissions from shale gas operations?
The USGS did not assess water-borne or atmospheric emissions during its 2011 oil and gas resource assessment of the Marcellus. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Office of Water and Waste Home has information on water quality within the state. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Office of Oil and Gas is responsible for “ensur[ing that] surface/groundwater is protected from oil and gas activities”. Pennsylvania has a similar site: The USGS has Water Science Offices in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as in all other states involved in Marcellus shale gas drilling and production.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Quality has recently launched a long-term study of Marcellus shale operations air quality and published three initial reports on the subject. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Quality has a similar site with access to their 2011 annual report.