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Wayne County Chamber of Commerce

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Honesdale, PA 18431

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Natural Gas


The map below shows the approximate depth to the base of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

 'New Research Results of Marcellus Shale Gas' for more details click image.


A. What is Marcellus Shale?

Marcellus Shale, which is named for Marcellus, New York where the shale reaches the surface, was formed by the accumulation of sediment into the sea. This formation was eventually buried over many thousands of years and compressed to produce an organic-rich black shale. One such formation starts at the base of the Catskills in upstate new York, stretches across the upstate toward Marcellus and southwest to West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The Marcellus Shale is known to be deeper on the southeast edge of the formation that borders the ridge and valley regions of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. The Marcellus Shale formation is the largest source of domestic natural gas yet discovered in the United States, which is the reason for all the excitement surrounding it.

B. What impact could Marcellus Shale have on Pennsylvania's Economy?

As America demands more and more energy, the role that Marcellus could play as the supplier for domestic natural gas is key. Now, with modern drilling techniques that have been proven over the last 30 years across the United States, it is possible to harness this clean-burning energh source. With Marcellus Shale right here beneath our feet, Pennsylvania could in fact become one of the leading energy-producing states in the future. Potentially, the economic affects could be far reaching, not only the obvious benefits for businesses of our area but for the individual as well. The natural gas industry is known for paying a higher wage, on average, compared to an equivalent manufacturing job.

C. Job Creation Expanded:

Marcellus Shale Coalition claims 200,000+ jobs being on link below for details.

D. Hess Corporation & Newfield in Wayne County:

Newfield Exploration Company - Appalachia Basin

In mid-2009, Newfield signed a joint exploration agreement with Hess Corporation covering up to 140,000 gross acres in the Marcellus Shale play, primarily in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. They are the operator of this venture with a 50% working interest. at year-end 2009, they had jointly leased about 35,000 net acres. This marked their entry into the Marcellus-one of the nation's largest resource plays and economically advantaged due to its close proximity to the gas markets of the Northeast. They commenced drilling their first geologic test well in mid-2010.

E. Reports:

     a. Marcellus Shale Educational & Training Center - Penn College Professional Development Series, February 10, 2011


A. Mission Statement:

To indentify key issues, research facts and information then review and provide public education regarding the economic, environmental and community impacts of oil and gas exploration of the Marcellus Shale in Wayne County.

B. Website:

C. Sub-Committees: committee Goals.pdf

D. Economic Development Sub-Committee:

E. Meetings - Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 - 9:30 PM @ Park Street Complex, Honesdale

                     'Marcellus Shale: Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness"

                     Tentative Agenda:

  • Welcome & Introduction - Ed Coar, Task Force Chair and Wayne County Planner
  • Overview of County Preparations - Steve Price, Wayne EMA Director
  • First Responder Training Overview - Speaker TBA, Wild Well Control
  • Industry Approach to Safety - Speaker TBA
  • Truck Traffic and Enforcement - Sgt. Georgia, PA State Police
  • Q&A - Moderated Q&A session with panel of presenters


A. Wayne Economic Development Corporation -

B. Workforce Wayne -

C. Marcellus Shale Coalition -

D. Marcellus Shale Formation -

E. Penn State Extention for Natural Gas Information -

F. My Ranger Resources -

G. New Research Results of Marcellus Shale Gas -