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Shale Gas: Focus on The Marcellus Shale

Dear Reader,

We are pleased to provide you with this timely report on potential oil and gas development in the Marcellus Shale formation in northeastern Pennsylvania and southeastern New York. Oil and gas leasing is taking this region by storm and we have been deluged with calls, emails and letters from residents seeking information. Requests range from what is the difference between deep and shallow gas drilling to how to negotiate mineral leases and surface use and damage agreements to how to organize to what kind of regulations and laws exist to protect water and air quality from oil and gas development.

We hope that this report will help address many questions about the Marcellus Shale. We also encourage readers to review our landmark publication, Oil and Gas At Your Door? A Landowner's Guide to Oil and Gas Development.

The guidebook is available on-line at https://earthworks.org/LOguidechapters.cfm. We also suggest that residents of the region contact these area organizations for more information on getting organized and informed about the issues surrounding oil and gas development:

Catskill Mountainkeeper
P.O. Box 381 Youngsville, NY 12791 (845) 482-5400 info@catskillmountainkeeper.org http://catskillmountainkeeper.org

Damascus Citzens for Sustainability
PO Box 147 Milanville, PA 18442 dcs@mailhosts.net www.damascuscitizens.org