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The Shale Network is a project funded by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and citizens pubish data about water resources that may be affected by gas exploitation in shale. Started in November 2011, the project was initiated by scientists from Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Dickinson College and from throughout Pennsylvania.

Our goal is to find, organize, and upload data for water resources for online publication. Your data can help. To learn more about the Shale Network and how you can help, contact us.

The Latest News: Butler Area High School students learn about water quality

Students from Butler Area High School, under the direction of Michael Doran, an environmental science teacher, Jorge Abad and Radisav Vidic from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Barbara Paul from the Clinical and Translation Science Institute, participated in a multi-day field trip to examine the water quality impact due to Marellus Shale activities along the Little Connoquenessing Creek.The students took creek measurements and water samples from points above and below a current well site along the creek to use as indicators of stream health. Click here to read more about it and watch videos of the field trip. 

2014 Shale Network Workshop a success

The 2014 Shale Network workshop took place May 12 and 13, drawing the largest group of people interested in water quality monitoring of the three annual workshops held so far. About 80 people attended all or parts of the workshop, including a poster presentation, lesson in the computer software used to track water quality data, and daylong session of presentations and discussions. The workshop was considered a resounding success, and we’re looking for ways to continue to build on it. ...

Contributing and accessing Shale Network data using HydroDesktop

HydroDesktop is a GIS (geographic information system) software that is most commonly used to access the Shale Network database. A free and open source GIS enabled desktop application, HydroDesktop helps users search for, download, visualize, and analyze hydrologic and climate data from a number of databases, including the Shale Network database. Visit the Shale Network page on HydroDesktop for demonstrations and information on downloading.

A short YouTube video by CUAHSI shows you how to use the Shale Network extension of HydroDesktop to access the Shale Network database: watch the video.

The Latest Data...

Tables showing major spills and notices of violation issued issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for unconventional gas wells by type and location.

By the Numbers...

As of July 2014, the Shale Network database has:

  • 1,013,422 data values (observations) for 25,087 sites. Data derive from government entities, volunteer groups, a river commission, university groups, industry and a high school
  • received data from 11 volunteer groups

Since January 2012, the Shale Network website has had:

  • 7,322 sessions
  • 29,615 page views

We want your help in contributing to the Shale Network data set. Get active today, it's easy!...

If you are a member, once you are logged in you can simply select "Add your data" to get started. Once this step is complete, we will format your data and add it to the permanent data set.

If you are not a member, no problem! Simply let us know and we'll get you set up quickly.

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The Latest Research

Improvements in horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing have revolutionized the energy landscape by allowing the development of so-called “unconventional” gas resources. The Marcellus play in the northeastern U.S.A. documents how fast this technology developed: the number of unconventional Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania (PA) increased from 8 in 2005 to ~ 7234 today.  From the International Journal of Coal Geology. 

The Latest Presentation

Water Quality Challenges Associated with Energy Resource Extraction from Marcellus Shale.

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