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Can Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Healthy Waterways Sustainably Coexist?

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Photo of a natural gas drilling platform in Pennsylvania.

Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling is proceeding apace in Pennsylvania.

Credit: Chuck Anderson, Penn State


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Photo of geoscientist Susan Brantley of Penn State.

Geoscientist Susan Brantley of Penn State doing field work in the Marcellus Shale region.

Credit: Penn State


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Map of U.S. East Coast showing the Marcellus shale and Devonian black shale succession.

Marcellus Shale underlies a U.S. East Coast region from New York to Virginia.

Credit: USGS


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Map showing Pennsylvania's least disturbed stream reaches.

Many of Pennsylvania's streams are unpolluted havens for aquatic life, including trout.

Credit: State of Pennsylvania


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Image of a river flowing through forest underlain by the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Hundreds of streams and rivers large and small flow through the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Credit: NPS


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Image of a temporary freshwater impoundment to be used for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.

A temporary freshwater impoundment to be used for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.

Credit: Chuck Anderson, Penn State


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