What is it and how does it work?
-steel and cement casing during the process separates the extraction from the environment
-project ground water prevents back flow
-storage tanks hold waste water, 90% or more of that waste water is recycled
Fracturing itself takes 2-5 days.
The energy produced from this will last 20-40 years.
The Marcellus Shale gas formation is big in the natural gas business and is one of the largest shale regions in the US and is predicted to be the second largest natural gas find on Earth. Marcellus Shale stretches across New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Marcellus Shale formation is fracturing into 400 year-old rock which supposedly holds more than 410 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. This could supply our country for hundreds of years. Advances in technology allow energy companies to unlock the Marcellus Shale energy resources, while also protecting our drinking water and the environment.
Depth of Marcellus Shale base
Where is Marcellus Shale?
The grey line shows the areas where the Marcellus Shale formation is located.
This is a picture of an actual Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Pennsylvania.
Everything in life has particular cons; but the new advances in extracting natural gas has more pros. For example:
-when companies have to use other people's land those people make a profit
-the gas companies are under regulations
-the process is supposed to be environmentally safe
-A "clean energy future" offers economic advances, energy security, and environmental benefits.
-The EPA (environmental protection agency) works with states and key stake holders to ensure the process is not endangering public or environmental safety.
-The companies require permits and inspections.