Burden is on industry to prove it can drill Marcellus without harming environment

Burden is on industry to prove it can drill Marcellus without harming environment
George Asimos, Joel R. Burcat, Co-authors
Drilling Contractor

Partners Joel R. Burcat and George Asimos wrote this article that delivers a cautionary message to the gas exploration industry seeking to develop the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale is a rock formation that underlies much of Pennsylvania and portions of New York and West Virginia and is believed to hold trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.

This formation has long been considered prohibitively expensive to access but recent advances in drilling technology and rising natural gas prices have attracted new interest in this previously untapped formation.

In the article, Burcat, Chair of the Firm's Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group, and Asimos, a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group, note that extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale would go a long way toward helping the United States achieve energy independence, but urge gas drillers and developers to be mindful of the environmental concerns for which Pennsylvanians are fiercly protective.