Reference sites

The links below are compiled here for quick reference to websites, organizations, agencies, advocacy groups, and media sites that have much deeper information on hydraulic fracturing and shale gas extraction. This list will likely expand, so check back on occasion.

North Carolina references:

Beyond North Carolina

Federal-level information:

National-level information from coalition or industry groups:

  • FracFocus serves as “the hydraulic fracturing chemical registry website. This website is a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.” (copied directly from their homepage) Note, this site has information on specific fracking well sites that reports the frac fluids used, the length/depth of the well, and the total volume of water used.
  • FracTracker “provides you with a common place to learn about & share your shale gas drilling experiences.” (copied directly from their homepage) Note, this site has a nice table of reported violations (at least in Pennsylvania), as compiled by the state, at specific fracking well sites.
  • Information from the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Oil and Natural Gas. API also provides best management guides for hydraulic fracturing (and other energy fields).
  • Energy-in-Depth’s “Just the Facts” on Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Chesapeake Energy’s explanation of fracking
  • Marcellus-Shale.us is a huge clearinghouse of references and information; though a lot of information on this site leans towards advocacy against drilling, it contains a lot of public-access data on well sites and permits, public hearings, etc.
  • Tom Wilber’s blog on Marcellus and Utica shale gas development.
  • Energy Policy Forum is an endeavor started by Deborah Rogers, a financial analyst in Texas, to examine the range of energy policy options in the context of the market push for greater reliance on shale gas.
  • US Energy Information Administration.

National-level information from advocacy groups:

National-level (and some state-level that crosses state lines) media sites:

Academic, educational, or institutional resources:

  • Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
  • Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center – this site has a couple publications on the workforce needs assessment and the economic impact of shale gas drilling.
  • Paleontological Research Institute at the Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY: The Marcellus Papers.
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension Natural Gas Resource Center
  • Cornell University Green Choices: a compilation of research and policy papers to equip communities to make informed decisions about energy options.
  • University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute: this is a comprehensive resource on energy resources, including deep water drilling, nuclear, and hydraulic fracturing. The institute conducted a study (access the draft of the report here) to examine the link between water contamination and hydraulic fracturing which found no direct link, but found related activity responsible for contaminating water resources – the study is quite extensive, reviewing media coverage/portrayal, public perception, regulatory framework at the federal and state levels along with the range of environmental impacts.
  • …and this is a closely related issue, though it’s much broader than hydraulic fracturing: if you know any climate change skeptics, this is the reference site for you: Skeptical Science. This site lists all the arguments that skeptics present, and then provides the peer-reviewed scientific explanation to debunk each of those arguments.

State agency regulations, guidance, information, and/or reviews:

…and for fun:

-BT

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