2016 Shale Network Workshop

Science and cooperation around water quality data and legacy wells in shale gas basins

The fifth annual Shale Network workshop was held May 19 and 20 at Penn State and the Atherton Hotel in State College.

The workshop facilitated a conversation about water quality in the Marcellus Shale natural gas play between academics and representatives from government agencies, gas and environmental industries, citizen science groups and more.

The theme of the workshop was “Science and cooperation around water quality data and legacy wells in shale gas basins.”

Date(s): May 19 and 20, 2016

Location: Atherton Hotel, State College, PA. (Adjacent to the Penn State University Park campus.)

About the Workshop

All participants took part in sharing and interpreting water quality and quantity data related to shale gas development.

The Shale Network is a collaborative effort between Penn State, Pitt, Dickinson and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences Inc. (CUAHSI) to collect and analyze data on water quality in the Marcellus Shale drilling region. The workshop provided an opportunity for nonscientists, researchers, experts, government officials, and members of the gas and environmental industries to compare lessons learned about water issues within the northeastern region of shale gas development.


The 2016 Workshop Agenda is available

A complete field trip itinerary is also available 


The presentation slides are now available:

Methane Module

Click here to complete exercises that guide you through the initial stages of a hypothetical water supply complaint investigation where methane has been detected in surface water in Pa. 

2016 Workshop Registration

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