Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marcellus Shale Research Center: Penn State University

By Andrea:

Penn State University announced today that it will launch a new education and research program dedicated to the Marcellus Shale. The program will be dedicated to working with state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, industry and environmental groups to provide safe and effective ways to develop Pennsylvania's natural gas deposits.

“With the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research we are bringing together the University’s considerable expertise in a number of areas to provide fact-based information on the Marcellus Shale, one of the largest gas fields in the world,” said Penn State President Graham Spanier. "It has become apparent that much more research and education is needed on the Marcellus."
Reports on the development of the natural gas deposits of the Marcellus Shale predict a boost to both Pennsylvania's economy and the energy reserves of the state and nation. At the same time, there are potential environmental and social impacts that must be researched and considered, Spanier said.

"Penn State has the capabilities and resources to examine all sides of this complex issue—and to do that well,” he said.
Leadership of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) reflects the need for energy research and public outreach with Michael A. Arthur, professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Thomas B. Murphy, extension educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension, serving as co-directors.

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