Where is the Marcellus Shale?

The entire Marcellus Shale Formation currently is not deemed exploitable, especially those areas that are nearer to the Anthracite Coal Fields.  Currently, a line is being drawn in southern Wyoming, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties where the Marcellus is considered “cooked” and not exploitable.

Marcellus Shale Production Data 2012

Production Map

The production map to the left may more reasonably indicate where Marcellus Shale Natural Gas may be successfully exploited.

What is the Marcellus Shale?

PA DEP FACT SHEET – Marcellus Shale

Since we’ve been living in the midst of the exploitation for several years now, most of us are very familiar with the various stages of well development.
  1. Spudding the Well Hole
  2. Drilling
  3. Fracing
  4. Completion
  5. Production
Here below are a variety of resources regarding many of the exploitation procedures and issues.