Shale Gas and Water Resources in Pennsylvania

Science Center Objects

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center and other USGS scientists are studying water availability, use, quality, and ecology associated with development of shale-gas energy resources in Pennsylvania.

Latest Report: Potter County 'Baseline' Groundwater Quality (see Publications)

Shale-gas development in Pennsylvania is focused on the Marcellus Shale. USGS is helping understand potential and actual impacts on water resources and ecosystems. 

Map of baseline groundwater quality assessments in Pennsylvania

Marcellus Shale extent, permitted unconventional oil and gas wells, and counties where USGS has conducted baseline groundwater quality surveys in Pennsylvania (Public domain.)